UNHCR Afghanistan Earthquake Response External Update #2 (29 June 2022) – Afghanistan

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UNHCR’s Earthquake Response Support Mission, led by its Deputy Protection Representative, arrived in Khost province on 28 June. The mission which reinforces the presence of the UNHCR on the ground will then go to the province of Paktika on 30 June. It also includes Protection, Reintegration and Partnerships and Shelter staff who work with partners to identify protection and other challenges faced by affected communities, particularly women and girls in the two provinces. affected. The support mission builds on the findings of the Representative’s three-day visit to the area, which highlighted the extensive damage to homes and the absence (and lack of access) to basic services in these remote places such as water, education, sanitation, electricity, access roads. Lack of access to viable livelihoods remains a major protection challenge.

To further strengthen its response to the earthquake, UNHCR delivered on 27 and 28 June 1,000 additional shelter tents and non-food item kits for the population of Khost province, where increased support is needed. This brings the total number of shelter tents and non-food items sent to the two affected provinces since 23 June to 1,600 for the benefit of some 11,200 affected people in Khost and Pakitka provinces. In addition, UNHCR provided 1,500 dignity kits to support women and girls in the two affected provinces.

UNHCR is further supporting the establishment of a temporary health center in Spera district (Afghan village in Dubai) by sending nine Refugee Housing Units (RHUs) to be set up to address the challenge of health infrastructure in the context of inter-agency response mechanisms.

Secondary data analysis and earthquake intensity mapping published by UN OCHA suggests that 70% of houses in areas affected by the high-intensity shock are damaged and about 250,000 people representing 36,000 families would have been affected. It is further estimated that some 36,000 homes were destroyed or severely damaged as a result of the June 22 earthquake. Meanwhile, UNHCR, as part of its scale-up efforts, is working through one of its partners, the Aga Khan Agency for Habitat (AKAH), to provide shelter and infrastructure lasting from July in the affected areas.

To date, it is estimated that around 770 people have been killed and 1,500 people have been injured. At least 155 children were killed and nearly 250 injured by the earthquake, including 65 identified as orphans or unaccompanied minors.

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