Humanitarian Assistance Programme (HAP) Extreme/Harsh Weather Weekly Situation Report (1 February - 12 March 2017)

Highlights 33 affected provinces 8,209 affected families reported 553 houses completely destroyed 2,282 houses severely damaged 501 houses partially damaged 202 individual deaths 127 individuals injured 3,439 affected families verified following assessments 1,998 families assisted by IOM Situation Overview Extreme weather conditions, including avalanches, floods, and heavy snowfall have affected 33 provinces of Afghanistan as of 3 February 2017. Badakhshan and Nooristan provinces were severely hit by two avalanches, resulting in causalities and destruction of houses, followed by flash floods on 18 February that significantly impacted Herat, Zabul and Nimroz provinces. An estimated 8,209 families were reportedly affected across Afghanistan, with 202 deaths and 127 persons sustaining injuries across the country. The majority of the reported caseloads have been assessed, with a total 3,439 families in need of assistance, while the distribution of relief items is underway and expected to be completed by 15 March 2017. Snow and flash floods damaged major roads in Afghanistan, delaying assessments and the dispatching of relief assistance to affected families. Rescuers were unable to reach snow-hit districts in the north, northeast, central, central highland, west, and eastern regions. The majority of the highways and roads linking to various districts that were initially closed have since reopened; however, some roads to districts in Badakhshan, Nooristan, Daikundi, Bamyan and Paktika are still closed.