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Daily Noon Briefing Highlights: Afghanistan

30 Nov 2021

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Displaced people in Dand District, Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, December 2020. © OCHA/Fariba Housaini

Daily Noon Briefing Highlights – 30 November 2021

Afghanistan

OCHA reports that in Afghanistan, temperatures have already dipped below zero. People are in of need winter clothing, emergency shelter, heating and fuel, and rental support. Previous-year trends indicate that in November, cases of hypothermia, acute respiratory infections and death directly and indirectly associated with cold start to increase.

As the harsh winter sets in, dozens of operational partners are distributing winterization assistance. Between 1 September and 15 November, the UN and partners report that 23,800 people received winterization assistance across 32 provinces, including heating/fuel assistance, winter clothing through cash modalities and in-kind blanket distributions.  

As of 29 November, the UN has completed distribution of winterization assistance to 32,200 people in Kunar, Nangarhar and Nuristan provinces, and partners are also responding. Yesterday, 29 November, the UN launched a distribution of winterization cash assistance in Jawzjan Province. The distribution covers 1,750 people who will receive AFN26,000 per family, with a focus on internally displaced and drought-affected people, returnees, vulnerable host communities, female- and child-headed households, the elderly, and people with disabilities.

The 2021 Afghanistan Flash Appeal, seeking US$606 million, is 112 per cent funded ($677 million), while the Humanitarian Response Plan, seeking $869 million, is 84 per cent funded ($729 million).

Humanitarians are grateful for the generous contribution by the donor community. However, all financial commitments have not been translated into actions on the ground due to financial system challenges amid the cash and liquidity crisis.