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Daily Noon Briefing Highlights: Afghanistan - Indonesia

06 Dec 2021


A World Food Programme (WFP) distribution in Lashkar Gah, Helmand Province, Afghanistan, 2 November 2021. © WFP Afghanistan

Daily Noon Briefing Highlights – 6 December 2021


OCHA reports that provision of winterization assistance continues across Afghanistan. Between 29 November and 5 December, more than 81,000 people received winterization assistance in Nangarhar, Kunar and Nuristan provinces. Some 284,500 people received relief food assistance, and about 46,000 people in Paktya and Kabul provinces were reached with cash assistance.  

During the past week, the World Health Organization (WHO) provided 74 essential medicine items Chardehi Health Facility in Nangarhar Province. The intervention follows a joint visit to the facility by WHO, the Department of Public Health in Nangarhar and a non-governmental organization to identify critical gaps. 

Yesterday, 5 December, OCHA and the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) undertook a road mission to visit a non-food item distribution site and assess additional needs of the affected population, including health and water, sanitation and hygiene services.

The Afghanistan Flash Appeal is 113 per cent funded (US$683 million) and the Afghanistan Humanitarian Response Plan is currently 84 per cent funded ($730 million). Nonetheless, with the deepening humanitarian crisis, the 2022 Humanitarian Response Plan requirement has tripled, to $4.47 billion. Continued scaled-up support to Afghanistan is crucial to continue to save lives and the livelihoods of millions of people. 


On 4 December, at 14.50 local time, Mount Semeru in Lumajang Regency in East Java Province, Indonesia, erupted and produced a hot cloud avalanche of volcanic materials, in its largest eruption in recent history. According to authorities, as of 11 a.m. Jakarta time, 15 people have lost their lives, 27 people are missing, 56 people have been injured, and more than 5,200 people have been affected, including some 1,700 people who have been displaced. 

The eruption has damaged nearly 3,000 houses and destroyed a bridge, while 38 schools and close to 4,000 students have been affected. Mt. Semeru remains at Alert Level II out of four levels, with no human activity allowed within a radius of 1 to 5 kilometres. 

Humanitarian assistance is being mobilized from provincial and national governments, the Indonesian Red Cross, non-governmental organizations and the private sector. Relief items identified as needed include hygiene kits, masks, face protection, mattresses, blankets, tarpaulins, tents and clothing. 

While no formal request for assistance from the Government of Indonesia is expected, the UN Resident Coordinator, Valerie Julliand, has conveyed the sincere condolences of the United Nations and offered the support of Humanitarian Country Team agencies if required.