UN humanitarian officials visit Afghanistan’s disaster region

KABIL (CIHAN)- Following an aerial assessment of the deadly landslide that hit Abi-Barik village in Afghanistan last Friday, two senior United Nations (UN) humanitarian officials on Monday (5 May) highlighted the longer-term needs of people displaced by natural disasters in the country as well as the need for long-term preventive measures.

Some estimated 2700 people lost their lives in two subsequent mudslides last week. Afghanistan is extremely susceptible to recurring natural disasters, due to its geographical location and years of environmental degradation.

According to OCHA (UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs) around 1,000 families are thought to have been affected with some 300 houses totally destroyed. Initially some 700 families were displaced, having decided to evacuate their villages as a precautionary measure. These families are largely being accommodated with host families and tents have been distributed by non-governmental organizations and UN agencies.

While in Faizabad, Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator, Kyung-wha Kang, and the United Nations (UN) Humanitarian Coordinator for Afghanistan, Mark Bowden met with the Provincial Governor, Shah Waliullah Adeeb, and humanitarian partners active in the region, with their exchanges covering the issues of long-term needs for people displaced by natural disasters and preventive measures.

Over recent weeks, there have been flooding in other northern provinces, with the total number of people affected by spring floods now standing at 71,000, with 159 confirmed dead, in addition to those killed in the landslide.


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