WFP rushes to assist flood-affected people in Northern Afghanistan
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.
The province of Saripul has been especially hard-hit. Prolonged heavy rain-fall in the highlands caused flash floods in the town of 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.
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.
Other humanitarian groups and government bodies are also assessing the situation in order to help the population get through this crisis.
WFP has been distributing biscuits fortified with micronutrients, “High-Energy Biscuits”, which are practical for people who have lost their cooking facilities.
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.
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.