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Daily Noon Briefing Highlights: Ukraine, Afghanistan, Tonga, Haiti

24 Jan 2022

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(File photo) Most of the millions of people, who need humanitarian aid in Ukraine, live in non-Government-controlled areas. Credit: OCHA Ukraine/2019/Maloletka

Daily Noon Briefing Highlights – 24 January 2022

Ukraine

An estimated 2.9 million people are projected (as on 24 January)  to need humanitarian assistance this year, with the majority living in non-Government-controlled areas in the east.  In 2022, humanitarian partners aim to assist 1.8 million people with a funding requirement of US$190 million [note that funding is not yet being tracked by OCHA’s Financial Tracking Service].

The humanitarian community in Ukraine is committed to stand with the people of Ukraine and respond to the existing and potential humanitarian needs in an impartial, independent and neutral manner.

Afghanistan

On 20 January, another earthquake struck in Qadis District (Badghis Province) in western Afghanistan and many people are afraid of going into their homes. They are currently living in makeshift shelter or traditional tents in cold weather conditions. The earthquake follows another that struck the area on 17 January 2022.

Inter-agency assessments continue in Qadis, Qala-e-Naw and Muqur districts, but some areas remain inaccessible due to heavy snowfall in recent days. The inter-agency teams have thus far identified 1,092 families (7,644 people) who are in need of humanitarian assistance.  People in affected areas are using water wells that are unsafe. Water sources need to be repaired to prevent outbreaks of water-borne diseases.

Besides the assessments, emergency response efforts are ongoing, including food, non-food items, and emergency shelter provided by IOM, UNHCR and the Afghan Red Crescent for 300 families thus far. More assistance is planned in the coming days. The reported number of deaths due to the earthquake stand at 27 people.

Tonga

OCHA colleagues inform us that in Tonga, under the leadership of the UN Resident Coordinator, the UN has been supporting the Government in organizing humanitarian assistance from UN agencies and partners, donor and development partners in support of immediate, relevant Government priorities.

OCHA is ready to deploy a team of environmental experts with expertise in volcanology, ash management, environmental pollution, ecology and green response, to support Government efforts.

Haiti

The UN is  monitoring the aftermath of the reported earthquake and will revert when we have more detail.