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At least 11 people got killed and 11 went missing on Thursday while being washed away by flash floods in the Khuzdar Shah Norani area of Baluchistan.

As reported by Levies sources, the flood occurred in the streams and nullah due to heavy rainfall in the Kohan area of Shah Norani.

According to initial reports, residents of the area were not able to evacuate in time before the flood hit the capital city of Khuzdar district of central Baluchistan.

As many as 22 people are believed to have drowned in the water and 11 dead bodies were removed by the local residents. However, the search for the 11 missing persons is still underway.

The rains made the region inaccessible to the rescue teams who tried to access the site to make rescue efforts; more contingent levies has been dispatched to the affected area for rescue activities.

Further, a recent study suggested that as many as 2.7 million people could be affected yearly by river-floods in Pakistan by 2030; while the number of people affected by floods every year could reach 54 million globally.

Currently, an estimated 715,000 people in Pakistan are affected by floods every year. Last year, nearly a million people were affected by the floods.

Contacts:
Allan A. Calma
Deputy Director
Disaster Management Program
allan.calma@communityworldservice.asia
Cell: +92 301 5801621

Muhammad Fazal
Associate Director
Emergencies/DRR/Climate Change
fazil.sardar@communityworldservice.asia
Cell: +92 332 5586134

Palwashay Arbab
Senior Communications Officer
palwashay.arbab@communityworldservice.asia
Cell: +92 42 3586 5338

Sources:
www.dunyanews.tv
www.tribune.com.pk

The unprecedented large number of displacement due to the ongoing military response to non-state armed opposition groups (AGEs) in a number of provinces of Afghanistan has reached critical level. To avoid civilian causalities the people living in some of the villages in Imam Sahib and Gultapa districts of Kunduz province have been asked to evacuate. An estimated 18,500 families have been displaced from Gultepa, Alchin, Telawka, Bozi Qandari, and Hazrat Sultan area of Kunduz district according to the ANDMA (Afghanistan National Disaster Management Authority) Report. Most of the IDPs from Qala-e-Zal, Dasht-e-Archi, Chardarah, Aliabad and some other districts of Kuduz province have been displaced to the capital city of Kunduz province (Kunduz city) and an additional 3,000 IDP families are reported to reside in non-accessible areas due to insecurity situation, as of May 11, 2015.

To date, WFP, UNHCR, UNICEF, NRC, ICRC /ARCS, SCI and a few other organizations have started the beneficiary selection process and have also been providing some food and nonfood assistance to about 2,000 IDP families in the urban center of Kunduz. As the number of IDPs in Kunduz are still increasing there is, however, still a dire need for WASH, FSAC, health, nutrition, emergency education, and more food and nonfood items.

The OCHA report from 21 May states that the humanitarian organizations that are now responding to IDPs’ needs in Kunduz have the capacity to cover the food and NFI needs of 5,000 families. This means that there is still need for Food and NFIs for the remaining IDP families. As of now an estimated 40 % of the 18,500 IDP families can be identified as eligible to assistance. As the existing health facilities are providing health services from a fixed center, there is also need for health and hygiene awareness to the community through mobile teams. Child protection awareness is also a major gap that is not covered by other organizations.

Community World Service Asia’s response:

Community World Service Asia is in contact with ANDMA, UNOCHA and IOM and has been monitoring the situation from the very beginning. Community World Service Asia has been in constant coordination with other agencies involved in the response and is proposing an intervention based on the identified gaps.

Sources: http://reliefweb.int/sites/reliefweb.int/files/resources/UNHCR%20Kunduz%20IDP%20Update%2021%20May%202015.pdf

Death toll due to massive devastation caused by heavy rains in Peshawar reached 27 on Sunday with more than 100 injured including women and children.

According to rescue officials, many houses collapsed in Gahdu Samarbagh area of Peshawar, killing several people.

At least 100 injured people have been brought to Lady Ready Hospital.

Information Minister Mushtaq Ghani shared that efforts were under way to rescue people trapped under the rubble of collapsed houses. “We have declared emergency in all government run hospitals of Peshawar.”

Apart from Peshawar, there are reports of casualties from Nowshehra.

Community World Service Asia is in contact with the concerned authorities and local partner to monitor the situation and will device our response plan accordingly.

Source: www.guardian.com
www.bbc.com

Heavy rains, snowfall, avalanches and flash floods have led to loss of lives, injuries and destroyed a significant number of houses across Afghanistan. The central and northeast regions appear to be most affected, with strong winds causing avalanches in Salang pass, Panjsher and Bamyan provinces. However, it is expected that rain will convert to snow from west to east across Afghanistan due to colder air in the region. Weather forecasts indicate further precipitation and temperature to fall to -7ºC in central Afghanistan and -12ºC in the central highlands. While the numbers of casualties and damages reported by the local and international media are unconfirmed since rescued personnel are yet to reach the worst affected areas.

Additionally, heavy loss of agricultural infrastructure and livestock is also reported from different parts of the affected provinces. Several assessment missions are taking place across the country to develop a more accurate picture of the loss and impact on humanitarian needs, including the number of people affected. Currently humanitarian assistance is ongoing in accessible areas.

North Eastern Region: At least twenty people are killed; nine injured and ninety-one houses are buried in different incidents of heavy snowfall and avalanches in north eastern region of Afghanistan. Affected provinces in the region include Badakhshan and Takhar.

Eastern Region: Eighteen people are killed; four injured and more than 340 houses are damaged in different parts of the eastern region. Affected provinces include Nangarhar, Nuristan, Laghman and Kunar.

Central Region: One hundred and sixty-eight people killed, fifty injured and hundreds are still missing in incidents of flooding. One hundred and ninety-nine houses are completely destroyed while 364 houses are severely damaged.

Western Region: Flash floods and snow storms affected 254 families in Hirat, Ghor and Badghis provinces. CWS-P/A Response:CWS-P/A is monitoring the situation and will plan its response accordingly.

CWS-P/A Response: CWS-P/A is monitoring the situation and will plan its response accordingly.

Sources: UNOCHA Afghanistan