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Daily Noon Briefing Highlights: Afghanistan, Ukraine and Ethiopia

30 Aug 2022

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Mariam and her best friend in front of their house in Mazari Sharif, Afghanistan.  (Credit: OCHA/ Charlotte Cans)

Daily Noon Briefing Highlights – 30 August 2022

Afghanistan

In Afghanistan, more than 250 people have been killed and more than 100,000 affected by heavy rains and flash floods across the country this year.

The number of people killed this year is a 75 per cent increase compared to last year’s floods (147 killed in 2021). This year, 30 out of 34 provinces have been affected with Nangarhar, Kunar, Khost, Logar and Kandahar provinces among the worst affected.

We along with our humanitarian partners are conducting assessments and delivering humanitarian assistance simultaneously. To date, 85,000 people have received some kind of aid including food, tents, health care services, water, sanitation and hygiene kits and other critical supplies. As of end of June, almost 23 million people have received at least one type of humanitarian assistance across Afghanistan. Afghanistan’s Humanitarian Response Plan aims to reach 22.1 million people with life-saving assistance this year. The Humanitarian Response Plan is 42 per cent funded out of the requested $ 4.44 billion.

Ukraine

In Ukraine, our colleagues inform us that a convoy reached Toretsk in eastern Donetska oblast on 26 August and delivered 56 tons of food and other relief items for 2,000 people living close to the front line, and under shelling.

The convoy was organized by the UN along with our partners. We and our humanitarian partners have also delivered six truckloads of humanitarian assistance for 3,000 people in the city of Mykolaiv, which is entirely cut off from the centralized water supply and affected by missile attacks and shelling.

These latest deliveries to Mykolaiv will ensure that aid workers on the ground can reach people with life-saving food, household items and other critical supplies. They also brought medical supplies to support hospitals in the city. However, humanitarian partners have still been unable to deliver aid to non-Government-controlled areas despite numerous attempts.

We urge all relevant parties to allow for life-saving aid to reach the hardest-hit locations, including non-Government-controlled areas. 

Ethiopia

The situation in northern Ethiopia continues to be tense as violence continues, with reports of displacement and increased humanitarian needs.

In Afar Region, thousands of people have reportedly been displaced in recent days from Yallo and Gulina districts (woredas) along the boundary with Tigray, due to armed clashes. People have also reportedly been displaced from Afar’s Chifra district, along the boundary with Amhara.

In Amhara Region, about 30,000 people who have been sheltering at the Jarra displacement site in North Wello Zone have been displaced for a second time. Displacement is also reported in South Wello zones, and in Dessie town.

As mentioned yesterday, we and our NGO partners continue providing humanitarian aid to the affected people where security allows. In Tigray, humanitarian partners have resumed distribution of food and other vital humanitarian supplies.

All parties to the conflict must take constant care to spare civilians and civilian objects, including by allowing civilians to leave for safer areas, in accordance with international humanitarian law. Rapid and unimpeded humanitarian access to all those in need across northern Ethiopia remains critical.