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Disasters Charter: Floods in Afghanistan

The Disasters Charter has been activated for Floods in Afghanistan:

Floods in Afghanistan

Type of Event: Flood
Location of Event: Afghanistan
Date of Charter Activation: 29 April 2014
Charter Requestor: UNITAR/UNOSAT on behalf of UNOCHA
Project Management: UNITAR/UNOSAT

Description of the Event
Storms caused days of heavy rain in northern Afghanistan, which resulted in flash flooding on 25 April 2014. It is estimated that over 159 people have been killed by the floods and tens of thousands of people were forced to evacuate.

The provinces of Jowzjan, Faryab and Sar-e Pol are among the worst affected, where at least a thousand homes have been destroyed by the flood waters. Roads and crops in the area have also suffered from the inundation. In the province of Jowzjan, alone, it was reported that over thirty villages were flooded.

This area has been particularly prone to flooding in recent years, and many of the homes in the villages are constructed of mud, making them ill-equipped to cope with such severe flooding.

The Afghan National Army has been conducting rescue operations since the flooding began, evacuating many in the affected areas. But it is difficult for them to obtain firm estimates on the number of people missing in the remote area.

As of 07 May 2014, it is estimated that 71,000 people have been affected by the flooding. The rain and flooding also caused a mudslide in Argo District on 02 May, which is believed to have killed a further 1000 people. The search for survivors ended on 03 May, and the focus is now on relief and recovery for the victims of the disaster.