ACT Alliance Preliminary Appeal: Floods and Landslides in North, North-eastern and Western Afghanistan

by Elisabeth Gouel | | ACT Alliance - Switzerland
Friday, 16 May 2014 14:19 GMT

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Preliminary Appeal


North, North-Eastern & Western Afghanistan Floods & Landslides – AFG141  

Appeal Target: US$ 1,987,537
Balance Requested: US$ 1,987,537

Geneva, 16 May 2014

Since 24 April 2014 monsoon rains in the north of Afghanistan have caused flash floods which have had a devastating effect on the local population. Over 120,000 people have been affected in 16 provinces, 675 people are reported to have been killed and 17,344 families have been affected. Over 16,000 people are displaced across the north, north-eastern and north-western regions of the country. The most devastating single incident occurred on the morning of 2 May 2014, when a series of heavy rains triggered landslides and buried a village in Abi Barik located in Argo District, Badakhshan Province, causing significant loss of lives and widespread damage to homes and agriculture.

In the affected provinces, flood waters have damaged homes, public infrastructure, roads and thousands of hectares of agricultural land. The ACT Alliance members Christian Aid (CA), Church World Service-Pakistan/Afghanistan (CWS P/A), Hungarian Inter-church Aid (HIA), and Norwegian Church Aid (NCA) along with their partners propose to provide rehabilitation assistance including WASH, shelter, livelihoods, rehabilitation of irrigation systems, food-for-work and building of awareness and knowledge in disaster risk reduction (DRR) in the provinces of Bagdghis, Jawzjan, Faryab, Balkh, Samangan and Badakhshan.

Heavy rainfall and landslides in north, north-western and western Afghanistan

PRIORITY NEEDS include:  food and non-food items, drinking water, sanitation facilities, tents, tarpaulins, blankets and kitchen utensil; flood mitigation materials such as sandbags, shovels, excavators and flood protection walls; medicine to prevent outbreak of water borne diseases, expansion of health emergency response and protection for IDPs.

For the full appeal document, please click here.