QRC Initiates Needs Assessment in Flood-Stricken Northern Afghanistan
In a prompt response to humanitarian appeals to help victims of the recent flash floods in northern Afghanistan, Qatar Red Crescent (QRC) assigned its resident agent to make a five-day field tour of the northern provinces, specifically Jawzjan, Sari Pul, Faryab, and Badakhshan to investigate the situation on the ground and assess the needs in preparation for an emergency relief intervention.
QRC is currently intensifying arrangements for urgent relief projects to facilitate subsequent reconstruction and rehabilitation, aimed primarily to improve living conditions of the affected people and ensure their protection and dignity.
From 24 April 2014, the northern part of the country experienced heavy rains for three consecutive days, resulting in at least 107 deaths and thousands of homeless populations. More than 5,000 homes were damaged and 2,000 completely destroyed. As per official statements, hundreds were registered as missing.
On Saturday, the Argo district in Badakhshan unexpectedly had a horrific landslide, which buried 300 homes with hundreds of families inside. According to International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent (IFRC) reports, nearly 700 homes were devastated and 2,700 people died under the rubble.
Utilizing a wide network of trained, committed staff and volunteers, QRC has a long history of providing support in disaster preparedness, response, and recovery as well as risk reduction. It is actively involved in global efforts to mitigate the impact of disasters and raise the standard of living of distressed people, by providing food and non-food assistance, healthcare services, social development, and humanitarian advocacy, inspired by a vision to improve the lives of vulnerable people through mobilizing the power of humanity in their favor.