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Daily Noon Briefing Highlights: Afghanistan - Ethiopia - Haiti

14 Sep 2021

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Aerial view of the impact of the earthquake in the city of Les Cayes, Haiti. © OCHA/Matteo Minasi

Daily Noon Briefing Highlights – 14 September 2021

Afghanistan

Yesterday, more than US$1.2 billion dollars in humanitarian and development aid was announced thanks to the generosity of Member States at the High-level Ministerial Event on Afghanistan in Geneva. This includes funding for the Flash Appeal and the regional response. 

Pledges now need to be disbursed quickly so that the UN and humanitarian partners, including national and international non-governmental organization, can move quickly to turn funds into food, health care and protection for Afghan children, women and men in need. 

Needs in Afghanistan are deepening due to 40 years of war, recurrent natural disasters, chronic poverty and a looming economic crisis.

In the past few days, several UN road missions were successfully conducted from Mazar to Maymana and from Kabul to Jalalabad, while the UN Humanitarian Air Service has resumed humanitarian movements from Kabul airport. 

The UN and partners continue to deliver aid to millions of people in need. 

On 13 September, a convoy with aid from the UN Refugee Agency reached Nangarhar, Afghanistan. This is the second convoy of relief items that have entered Afghanistan through Torkham Border Crossing since 15 August. 

Elsewhere, the World Food Programme’s seasonal food assistance continues with one-month’s worth of food being provided to vulnerable families that had been previously assessed. In the last week, assistance reached 5,726 people in Kunduz city, 392 people in Pul-e-Khumri, and 2,500 people in Takhar. 

Ethiopia

OCHA reports that the humanitarian situation in the northern part of Ethiopia, particularly Tigray, remains dire, and is also worsening in neighbouring Amhara and Afar regions.  

Between 5 and 7 September, 147 trucks of humanitarian assistance arrived into Tigray via Afar. Before that, no trucks had been able to go into Tigray since 22 August. This development is welcome, but 100 trucks with food, non-food items and fuel must enter Tigray every single day to meet the scale of needs on the ground. Some supplies have not been able to enter at all, including fuel, without which we are unable to continue our operations.

In another welcome development, the first of the EU Humanitarian Air Bridge flights arrived in Tigray on 11 September, carrying 7 metric tons of nutritional supplies.  

The UN Humanitarian Air Service passenger flights in and out of Tigray continues to operate two flights per week as planned, with 12 flights having operated to date since July.

The spillover of the conflict in Tigray into Amhara and Afar continues to dramatically increase humanitarian needs, and more than 1.7 million people in both regions are reportedly food insecure. According to regional authorities, more than 140,000 people were displaced in Afar and over 233,000 people were recently displaced in Dessie and Kombolcha in South Wello in Amhara. Despite access constraints to some areas in both regions due to the ongoing hostilities and lack of funds, partners continue to scale up the response and support the authorities’-led response efforts in both regions.

Haiti

Today marks one month since Haiti was struck by a 7.2 magnitude earthquake. The earthquake left 2,247 people dead, 12,763 people injured, 329 people missing, and 650,000 people in need of emergency assistance in the three affected departments. More than 83,000 houses have been damaged and more than 53,000 were destroyed.

The Government of Haiti, the UN Disaster Assessment and Coordination Team and some 141 humanitarian partners have surged in additional capacity and have been providing assistance to the affected people. 

Despite access constraints and gang violence along the main supply route that serves the response into the earthquake-affected areas, some 26 convoys from 45 humanitarian partners have reached the population in the South. 

In the Grand Sud region, food security partners have reached more than 143,000 people to date with food and cash-based transfers, and have served more than 130,000 hot meals in Grande Anse, Nippes and Sud departments. Nearly 2 million litres of safe water have reached 250,000 people; 114,000 non-food items/kits have been distributed, and 11 Emergency Medical Teams have been installed across all three affected departments. 

Priority is now on the most vulnerable people in rural areas, including people with disabilities and the elderly, as well as the restoration of basic services including health and education, with classes resuming on 4 October in the three most-affected departments.

A US$4 million allocation from the UN Central Emergency Response Fund was approved on 9 September by the Emergency Relief Coordinator, Martin Griffiths. The funds will enable ongoing projects to be scaled up to address needs emerging from multiple simultaneous crises, shelter, logistics and security operations for the earthquake response, and support for the joint Government and UN relocation plan for hundreds of displaced people forced into informal displacement sites due to escalating gang violence in the Port-au-Prince metropolitan area. 

The 2021 Humanitarian Response Plan for Haiti, which aims to assist 1.5 million of the most vulnerable people, seeks $235.6 million and is currently only 16 per cent funded.