Afghanistan: AAR Deliver Basic Necessities to Homeless Victims of Landslides

Emergency Aid to Afghanistan

From April through May in 2014, torrential rains continued on and off to ravage 27 provinces and 123 districts in Afghanistan, setting off flooding and landslides. Throughout Afghanistan, as many as 125,000 people were affected by the disaster, and 14,440 houses were damaged or destroyed (Source: OCHA as of May 22).

Badakhshan Province is illustrated by the orange-painted area, and Argo District is the red dot on the map where AAR has recently provided emergency aid. The capital city, Kabul, is represented by a blue dot and is where the AAR office operates (Source: OCHA/ReliefWeb).

Between 20-27 May, Mr. Bashir Baaser and Sadeq Arianfar who work for AAR's Kabul office in Afghanistan visited the affected areas to assess the damage and determine what kind of emergency aid was needed. As a result, AAR decided to launch emergency operations at Argo District in Badakhshan province where the landslides caused significant damage.

Mr. Sadeq Arianfar and Bashir Baaser are surveying the post-landslide situation at the village of Ab Barik, Badakhshan province (May 2014)
Houses collapsed due to the landslide(May 2014)
The Japanese Foreign Ministry has told its citizens to evacuate from Afghanistan, and so AAR's Kabul office is now run by twenty-eight Afghan staff. Therefore, the latest emergency aid was implemented only by Afghan staff. Mr. Sadeq Arianfar has a story on his emergency aid activities on the ground.

"My mom and even my house got swallowed by a mudflow..."

Some 350 affected families are living in a makeshift tent camp set up near Ab Barik village.
Mr. Sadeq Arianfar (pictured left), a staff member at AAR Kabul office, is listening to an orphan girl (in the middle of the back row) who lost her mother (May of 2014).
Landslides, caused by torrential rains, ruined many houses in Argo District, Badakhshan province. Some 350 homeless families are living uneasy lives in a tent camp set up nearby.

I listened to a 14-year-old girl in the tent camp. She said, "When the first landslide happened, I thought it was an earthquake. Mom immediately got my brothers and I out of my house, then went back inside saying, 'I'll carry stuff out of the house. Don't wait for me. Run for your life.' Shortly after she disappeared into the house, a huge landslide came and a mudflow took my house and Mom away. I'm now living with my married sister in her tent. We get sick at heart every time my baby brother cries out for his Mom."

Basic Necessities Delivered to 350 Families

AAR conducted a survey on what damage the landslide caused to the families and their urgent needs in cooperation with Afghan Women's Organization for Rehabilitation, or AWOR, as it is familiar with the local situation. Since the tent camp didn't have any water supply or sewerage systems, AAR supplied them with mosquito nets (to safeguard against malaria), soap, dish-washing detergent, and laundry detergent so that they might live as hygienically as possible.

AAR purchased the supplies in the Afghan capital, Kabul. It has not been easy to transport them to the disaster area, Badakhshan province. AAR worked through a variety of challenges, such as the sudden cancellation of flights from Kabul to the disaster area, and finally delivered the aid supplies to each of the 350 families. AAR got words of appreciation from the victims who received the aid supplies.

AAR gathered family representatives and handed each representative aid supplies (August 5th, 2014).
Laundry detergent helped her do washing (August 10th, 2014).
Now that a mosquito net was hung in a tent, they were protected against malaria (August 10th, 2014)
AAR's local staff preparing to deliver aid supplies. The latest relief efforts were ran only by Afghan officials (July 20th, 2014)
*This program was supported by a grant from Japan Platform, or JPF, in addition to your donations.

Japanese-English translation by Mr Masaharu SATO
English editing by Ms Kristen GRIFFITHS

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