Floods in Afghanistan

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Type of Event Flood
Location of Event Afghanistan
Date of Charter Activation 29 April 2014
Charter Requestor UNITAR/UNOSAT on behalf of UNOCHA
Project Management UNITAR/UNOSAT

Description of the Event

Storms caused days of heavy rain in northern Afghanistan, which resulted in flash flooding on 25 April 2014. It is estimated that over 159 people have been killed by the floods and tens of thousands of people were forced to evacuate.

The provinces of Jowzjan, Faryab and Sar-e Pol are among the worst affected, where at least a thousand homes have been destroyed by the flood waters. Roads and crops in the area have also suffered from the inundation. In the province of Jowzjan, alone, it was reported that over thirty villages were flooded.

This area has been particularly prone to flooding in recent years, and many of the homes in the villages are constructed of mud, making them ill-equipped to cope with such severe flooding.

The Afghan National Army has been conducting rescue operations since the flooding began, evacuating many in the affected areas. But it is difficult for them to obtain firm estimates on the number of people missing in the remote area.

As of 07 May 2014, it is estimated that 71,000 people have been affected by the flooding. The rain and flooding also caused a mudslide in Argo District on 02 May, which is believed to have killed a further 1000 people. The search for survivors ended on 03 May, and the focus is now on relief and recovery for the victims of the disaster.

Images and/or Image product Delivered under the Charter

Flood waters over Kulukh Tapah, Kunduz Province, Afghanistan

Source: WorldView-2

Acquired: 13/05/2014

Copyright DigitalGlobe
Map produced by UNITAR/UNOSAT

 

Update: Landslide in Ab Barek, Badakshan Province, Afghanistan

Source: WorldView-1 and WorldView-2

Acquired: WorldView-1: 03/05/2014
WorldView-2: 07/06/2013 and 05/05/2014

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Map produced by UNITAR/UNOSAT

 

Inundation near Sar-E Pol, Sar-E Pol Province, Afghanistan

Source: KOMPSAT-2

Acquired: 05/05/2014

Copyright KARI
Map produced by UNITAR/UNOSAT

 

Flood waters over Khwaja du koh, Jowzjan Province, Afghanistan

Source: WorldView-2 / Pleiades

Acquired: WorldView-2: 29/04/2014 and 07/05/2014
Pleiades: 13/08/2012

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Pleiades © CNES 2013 - Distribution: Airbus Defence and Space, all rights reserved
Map produced by UNITAR/UNOSAT

 

Landslide in Ab Barek, Badakshan Province, Afghanistan

Source: WorldView-1 / Landsat-8

Acquired: WorldView-1: 03/05/2014
Landsat-8: 30/03/2014

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Landsat-8 data and products © USGS (2014) - All rights reserved
Map produced by UNITAR/UNOSAT

 

Inundation near Sar-E Pol, Sar-E Pol Province, Afghanistan

Source: Pleiades

Acquired: 01/05/2014

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Map produced by UNITAR/UNOSAT

 

Estimated rainfall accumulation from 25 to 29 April 2014, Afghanistan

Source: TRMM

Acquired: 25/04/2014-29/04/2014

Copyright NASA
Map produced by UNITAR/UNOSAT

 

Flood waters and inundation near Khwaja du koh, Jowzjan Province, Afghanistan

Source: WorldView-2 / Pleiades

Acquired: WorldView-2: 29/04/2014
Pleiades: 13/08/2012

Copyright WorldView-2 © DigitalGlobe
Pleiades © CNES 2013 - Distribution: Airbus Defence and Space, all rights reserved
Map produced by UNITAR/UNOSAT

 

Flood waters over Khwaja du koh, Jowzjan Province, Afghanistan

Source: WorldView-2 / Pleiades

Acquired: WorldView-2: 29/04/2014
Pleiades: 13/08/2012

Copyright WorldView-2 © DigitalGlobe
Pleiades © CNES 2013 - Distribution: Airbus Defence and Space, all rights reserved
Map produced by UNITAR/UNOSAT

 

Flooding and IDPS in Kwanjanduko, Jowzjan Province, Afghanistan

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Source: WorldView-2 / Pleiades

Acquired: WorldView-2: 29/04/2014
Pleiades: 13/08/2012

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Pleiades © CNES 2013 - Airbus Defence and Space, all rights reserved
Report created by UNITAR/UNOSAT

 

Estimated rainfall accumulation from 23 to 24 April 2014, Afghanistan

Source: TRMM

Acquired: 23/04/2014-24/04/2014

Copyright NASA
Map produced by UNITAR/UNOSAT