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Daily Noon Briefing Highlights: Afghanistan

15 Oct 2020

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Young girls whose families have been displaced by violence in a village near Kandahar, Afghanistan, November 2019. Credit: OCHA/Charlotte Cans

Daily Noon Briefing Highlights – 15 October 2020

Afghanistan

With regard to Afghanistan and the situation in the south, fighting that began on 11 October between the Afghan National Security Forces and a non-State armed group has continued, with sporadic clashes reported on 15 October near Lashkargah city, Helmand Province.

While the highway between western Afghanistan and Kandahar has reportedly reopened after being blocked due to the presence of improvised explosive devices and armed clashes, the highway between Kandahar and Lashkargah remains closed. The lack of telephone networks continues to affect information flow.

Reports indicate that three health facilities have been occupied by parties to the conflict. The UN and partner organizations are working with local authorities to resolve this situation.

According to initial estimates by local authorities, 35,000 people (around 5,000 households) were displaced into Lashkargah City. On 14 October, four joint UN and humanitarian assessment teams were deployed to assess and verify needs.

Preparation is under way to respond to the needs of over 1,000 verified internally displaced people in Lashkargah City.

Humanitarian organizations in Lashkargah are ready to cover immediate needs, including water, sanitation and hygiene services, non-food items, tents, food and the provision of medical services.

The Afghanistan National Disaster Management Authority began distributing food on 14 October to approximately 800 internally displaced people, with up to 7,000 displaced people expected to receive assistance in Lashkargah City in the coming days.

The 2020 Humanitarian Response Plan for Afghanistan requires $1.1 billion to help more than 11 million people. But to date, it has received only 33 per cent in funding [$378 million].