The GHA Programme is partnering with the START network to help to inform their funding allocation decisions. The START network is a consortium of British-based Humanitarian INGOs, which has recently launched its own fund to help fill funding gaps and enable rapid response to under-reported crises where need is great.
When the START members issue a funding alert, we produce (within 12 hours) a rapid overview of the humanitarian funding picture – recent funding, an overview of appeals and funds, and analysis of donor trends. The analysis is targeted not only at the START network but to a wider set of stakeholders engaged in these crises – including donors, humanitarian organisations, analysts, advocates, and citizens.
Background to the crisis
On 24 and 25 April 2014, torrential rains led flash floods affecting 27 districts in western, northern and north-eastern Afghanistan. As of 31 March, 11 provinces (nine in northern Afghanistan) had received between 19% and 55% of long-term average annual rainfall.
As a result of the flooding, and as of 1 May 2014, 165 people have been killed, 67,000 people affected (including 32,830 women and 41,875 children), and approximately 16,000 displaced. The three most affected provinces are Jawzjan, Faryab and Sar-e-Pul.
Conditions are dire for those affected. The key humanitarian priorities are emergency shelter, food, non-food items, safe drinking water, and medical supplies. The flood season normally lasts from March to May, so there is a risk that needs may increase over the coming month. There are a number of access challenges – including impassable roads resulting from the floods and violence targeted at humanitarian aid workers.
You can find our full analysis of the funding situation in Afghanistan here.
ACAPS have provided a full analysis of the needs situation in parallel to our analysis – you can find their briefing here.