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WFP rushes to assist flood-affected people in Northern Afghanistan

Fields Destroyed

Since January, WFP has received reports of some 76,000 people being affected by heavy rains and floods in 20 of Afghanistan’s 34 provinces. Verifications and assessments are ongoing. More than 60% of these people in 13 provinces have already received food assistance.

Forceful Flash Floods

The province of Saripul has been especially hard-hit. Prolonged heavy rain-fall in the highlands caused flash floods in the town of Saripul.

Food for Saripul

When water levels rose suddenly in the town of Saripul, people took refuge on rooftops. WFP has distributed food to some 6,300 people in Saripul province.

A New Shock

Saripul is already an area where 20-40% of the population is considered to be food insecure, so shocks like floods put an extra strain on the community.

Humanitarian Assistance

Other humanitarian groups and government bodies are also assessing the situation in order to help the population get through this crisis.

Emergency Biscuits

WFP has been distributing biscuits fortified with micronutrients, “High-Energy Biscuits”, which are practical for people who have lost their cooking facilities.

Preventing Malnutrition

WFP is also distributing the peanut-based ready-to-eat supplementary food Plumpy’Doz for children who may be at risk of sliding into malnutrition due to the flood.

Further Distributions

WFP is planning further food distributions for some 10,000 people in Saripul, Jawzjan and Ghazni in May. WFP has received requests to support up to 15,000 more people affected by floods, and WFP staff is on the ground to assess the situation and verify numbers.

Flash floods in northern Afghanistan have affected thousands of people since the beginning of the year. Many of them are the same people who lost their harvest due to drought conditions last year. WFP is distributing food rations to those in need.