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Daily Noon Briefing Highlights: Afghanistan

13 Oct 2020

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Young girls and their family displaced by violence and conflict in a village near Kandahar, Afghanistan, November 2019. Credit: OCHA/Charlotte Cans

Daily Noon Briefing Highlights – 13 October 2020

Afghanistan

OCHA reports that continued fighting between Afghan National Security Forces and non-State armed groups in the south, near Lashkargah city in Hilmand Province, has reportedly displaced about 35,000 people, with nearly 200 people killed or injured, according to initial estimates from local authorities. This number could change, as assessments are ongoing.

Several health facilities are reportedly closed, while others are only addressing trauma cases depriving tens of thousands of people of health services.

UN and humanitarian partners have been assessing needs on the ground since 12 October.

However, access is limited, with the main road between Kandahar and Lashkargah cities inaccessible. Electricity has also reportedly been cut in parts of both provinces. Telephone networks are also affected impacting humanitarian assessment teams communications.

Across Afghanistan, as of 11 October more than 208,000 people have been displaced by conflict this year. An estimated 4.5 million people have been displaced since 2012 and are mainly living in informal settlements with few, if any, basic social services.

The UN and humanitarian partners have reached 6 million people – 54 per cent of those they planned to assist this year – with humanitarian aid as of 30 June 2020. This includes supporting the Government-led response to COVID-19, and providing food and livelihoods assistance, access to water and sanitation facilities, home-based learning materials for children, and nutrition interventions.

The 2020 Humanitarian Response Plan for Afghanistan requires US$1.1 billion to help more than 11 million people. To date, the Plan has received $372 million.