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Daily Noon Briefing Highlights: Afghanistan - South Sudan

12 Nov 2021

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Farmlands in Twic East, Jonglei Province, South Sudan, were submerged after devastating floods. © FAO

Daily Noon Briefing Highlights – 12 November 2021

Afghanistan

A joint mission by OCHA and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) carried out a visit yesterday to returnees at the UNHCR Project Area of Return and Reintegration site in Baghlan Province. About 20 square kilometres have been set aside where 1,000 families have settled. Water supplies, solar electricity and poultry have been provided by UNHCR and partners have assisted in the construction of 30 yards of building materials.

Meanwhile, in Badakhshan Province this week, the World Food Programme (WFP) completed the registration of 148,000 people under its seasonal support programme in eight districts and distributed mixed food items to 10,500 people. Further distributions are forthcoming.  

On 7 and 8 November, two separate improvised explosive device detonations in rural areas of Tirinkot city, in Uruzgan Province, reportedly caused the deaths of six farmers and injury of another. The Mine Action Programme of Afghanistan has recorded more than 900 civilian casualties from explosive remnants of war, improvised explosive devices, and landmines in 2021.  

The Flash Appeal for Afghanistan, targeting 11 million people with aid through the end of 2021, is currently 86 per cent funded.

South Sudan

In a statement released today, the Humanitarian Coordinator ad interim in South Sudan, Arafat Jamal, is warning of a climate emergency after meeting recently with flood-affected people in Jonglei and Unity states. He is calling for further investment in disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation to mitigate the impact of recurrent annual flooding.

The Humanitarian Coordinator said that vast areas of the country are now under water, and more than 780,000 people have been affected since May. At least 77 per cent of those affected are in Jonglei, Unity and Upper Nile states. Entire communities have been forced to move to higher ground to escape the floodwaters. 

Humanitarian organizations and the Government of South Sudan are providing emergency response relief and community-based support, including food assistance, temporary shelter, water purification tablets, medicine, fishing kits and other vital supplies.

Conditions are difficult, with access, insecurity and funding constraints preventing aid from reaching people in a timely manner.

The Humanitarian Coordinator recently released US$20 million from the South Sudan Humanitarian Fund, with part of the allocation supporting flood response efforts and complementing bilateral funding sources.