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Event: CW Cold Wave
Number: 2020-000008
Country: AFG Afghanistan
Date (YMD): 2020-1-15
Information Source:Afghan Red Crescent Society (ARCS), Afghanistan National Disaster Management Authorities (ANDMA)
Comments: Heavy snowfalls broken the record of last many years in Afghanistan and caused widespread damages across the country in second week of January 2020. Heavy snowfall, flooding and a large number of avalanches were reported in different parts of Afghanistan between 12 -15 January 2020. Around 11 out of 34 provinces reported to have been affected badly. Provinces with casualties and significant damage to homes and livelihoods included Helmand, Kandahar, Zabul, Uruzgan, Laghman, Herat, Badghis, Ghor, Daykundi, Bamyan and Baghlan provinces, resulting in main roads connecting Kandahar to Kabul and Kandahar to Uruzgan being temporarily closed to public movement. Roads connecting districts in Ghor province were blocked due to heavy snowfall. Also, the road connectivity of Herat to Badghis province was closed and interrupted the delivery of humanitarian assistance in Badghis province during last two weeks due to heavy snowfall. Many areas of the country are still inaccessible, due to heavy snowfall, avalanches and landslides in the hilly part of the country, making it difficult to obtain a complete picture of the impact of the disaster and total number of affected families. However as per initial report of Afghan Red Crescent Society (ARCS) around 655 houses are partially damaged, 30 houses are completely destroyed, 13 people dead, 40 people injured, and 322 families are displaced to the safe places.
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