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Flash Update 03 - Flash Flood (as of 04 March 2019)

Situation Overview:

As of 4 March, eight provinces have been affected by heavy rains and flooding, according Government reports. More than 20 people are reported to have died as a result of the floods, including 13 people in Kandahar province. Many others have been injured or are still missing. In excess of 1,600 houses have reportedly been damaged or destroyed, and there has been further damage water systems, agricultural land, schools, mosques and Government buildings.
In Helmand province, heavy rains have caused the Helmand river to overflow in Lashkargah, Nawa-e-Barakzaiy and Nad-e-Ali districts. Initial reports received from ANDMA indicate that approximately 350 houses have been damaged or destroyed, and 1,200 people affected. It has been reported that one woman and four children have died, and a further two children are missing.
Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) have evacuated 350 people trapped by rising water in Surkhdoz (between Nawa and Garmser) districts and in Sarbad of Garmser district. The number of assessment teams will be increased in the province to also assess the scale of damage in Nad-e-Ali district. As of 3 March, more than 850 people have been assessed as requiring humanitarian assistance in Helmand. Further assessments and distributions will continue over the coming days. 
In Kandahar province, at least 13 people are known to have died and a further 40 people have been injured. Many of those injured were inside a guesthouse when it collapsed. The numbers are still being verified and may continue to rise.
In Farah province, damage has been reported throughout Farah City and in Anar dara district, with more than 100 houses damaged or destroyed. One health facility has also reportedly been damaged. Approximately 500 displaced people are being temporarily housed in the Teacher Training Institute and are being provided with food and health services.
United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Original Publication Date: 
04 Mar 2019
Document type: 
Situation Report
Natural Disasters
Coordination hub(s): 
National Level Coordination
Afghanistan: Flash Floods - Mar 2019