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Daily Noon Briefing Highlights: Afghanistan - Sudan

24 Sep 2021

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IOM teams in Afghanistan are responding to the humanitarian needs of displaced people and returnees. © IOM Afghanistan

Daily Noon Briefing Highlights – 24 September 2021

Afghanistan

OCHA reports that since 1 September, the UN and partners have provided food assistance to more than 340,000 people and treated more than 20,700 children under age 5 suffering from acute malnutrition across the country. 

They have also over the same period supported more than 12,600 people with non-food items. More than 10,000 children have also been reached with community-based education activities. And close to 4,200 people have received health screening services at Afghanistan border crossing points.

In addition, some 177,500 drought-affected people have been helped through water trucking. More than 10,000 people have also benefited from psychosocial services since 1 September.

This response is on top of the 8 million people assisted in 394 of 401 districts of Afghanistan in the first half of 2021 by 156 humanitarian partners. 

The UN is scaling up its assistance. 

New road mission routes between provinces have started for staff for the first time in many years. The UN Humanitarian Air Service is fully operational on a daily basis. And international staff are arriving in-country and being deployed to provincial hubs. 

However, more flight options are needed, as well as the loosening of administrative requirements, including for visas and other waivers for humanitarian aid workers [UN and non-governmental organizations’ staff].

The Afghanistan Flash Appeal seeks US$606 million to help 11 million people in the four remaining months of 2021. The Appeal is 20 per cent funded [$121 million]. 

The UN urges donors to fast-track funding to prevent avoidable deaths, prevent displacement and reduce suffering. The UN also calls on donors to ensure that funding is flexible enough to adapt to the fast-changing conditions on the ground. 

 

Sudan

OCHA says that than 300,000 people have been affected by heavy rains and flooding. This is increasing humanitarian needs, and relief organizations now warn that stocks are running out.

Fourteen out of 18 states in Sudan have been hit by the floods since the start of the rainy season in July. Since the end of August, the number of people affected has increased fivefold [61,000 at the end of August]. White Nile, Gedaref and Aj Jazirah states are the most affected.

Flooding has destroyed 15,000 houses and damaged 45,000 houses. Bridges have collapsed, roads have been cut off and farmland has been inundated. Thousands of people are homeless and sheltering in schools and public buildings.

The Sudanese Government is leading the response together with UN and non-governmental partners. Some 183,000 people have been reached with assistance. This includes food assistance to more than 88,000 people, the provision of shelter and non-food items to nearly 72,000 people, and direct health services to more than 14,500 people. 

Relief stocks are urgently need to be replenished to maintain the overall humanitarian response, including to people affected by flooding.

A pipeline break could leave 330,000 people without adequate water, sanitation and hygiene support, which is critical in a flood emergency, and more than 250,000 people would be deprived of essential health services.  

Sudan’s Humanitarian Response Plan requires $1.9 billion this year but is currently only 25 per cent funded. This is 10 per cent below the average across all UN-coordinated response plans.