Afghanistan

Afghanistan - Expert Mission

Afghanistan is a country exposed to earthquakes, floods, droughts, mass movements and other hazards. Recent droughts in the years 2000, 2006, and 2011 have impacted millions of Afghans. Earthquakes have also caused fatalities, injuries and losses of various kinds. On 22 June 2009, UN-SPIDER was invited to a briefing among United Nations agencies in Kabul to discuss how best to make use of spatial data/mapping tools to support disaster-risk reduction and emergency response activities in Afghanistan.

Dates: 

Mon, 22/06/2009

Host Institution: 

United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA)

Mission Expert: 

Shirish Ravan, UN-SPIDER

Mission Profile: 

The mission was conducted via an inter-agency meeting with representatives of United Nations agencies in Afghanistan that contribute to disaster-risk management and emergency response efforts in this country.

Mission Outcome: 

The mission allowed UN agencies working under the umbrella of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) to become aware of UN-SPIDER, its mission, and the type of technical advisory support that it can provide to countries such as Afghanistan. The important role of remote sensing in humanitarian response and planning was underlined through examples provided by OCHA concerning recent floods that impacted this country, including the most recent one in May 2009, where UN-SPIDER was requested to provide technical support. UN-SPIDER pledged additional technical expertise to support both the Government and the United Nations Country Team in Afghanistan to ensure this forum is closely linked to available resources; and encouraged the Afghanistan National Disaster Management Authority to establish a working group as a way to promote the sharing of information as a way to improve efforts targeting disaster-risk reduction and emergency response.

Afghanistan the First Country Mapped using Broad Scale Hyperspectral Data

For the first time, about 70 percent of a country has been mapped using an advanced remote sensing technique known as hyperspectral imaging. In order to assist Afghanistan in understanding their abundant natural resources, in particular the development of an economically viable minerals market, the U.S.

English

Publishing Date: 

Wed, 18/07/2012 - 12:09

Country/Region: 

Wed, 07/18/2012

Flood in Afghanistan

English

Rainfall and torrential flooding in western province of Herat has devastated many areas, killing some 14 people, including seven children, injuring 30 others, damaging more than 250 houses and destroying around 300 hectares of agricultural land.

Source: GlideNumber

Country/Region: 

Disaster Type: 

Name: 

Flood in Afghanistan

GLIDEnumber: 

FL-2010-000086-AFG

Region: 

Herat Province

Occurance Date: 

06/05/2010

latitude: 

34

longitude: 

62

Earthquake in Afghanistan

English

M=5.3 earthquake hit the northern province of Samangan, killing at least 11, injuring over 70, destroying over 2,000 houses.

Source: GlideNumber

Country/Region: 

Disaster Type: 

Name: 

Earthquake in Afghanistan

GLIDEnumber: 

EQ-2010-000079-AFG

Region: 

northern Province of Samangan

Occurance Date: 

18/04/2010

latitude: 

36

longitude: 

68

Floods in Afghanistan

English

At least 20 people have died in floods and avalanches, including flash floods, triggered by heaviest rain and snow in Afghanistan for 50 years.
 

Source: GLIDEnumber

Disaster Type: 

Country/Region: 

Name: 

Floods in Afghanistan

GLIDEnumber: 

FL-2010-000021-AFG

Region: 

Afghanistan

Occurance Date: 

08/02/2010

Flash Flood in Afghanistan

English

Flash floods killed at least 10 people and destroyed hundreds of houses in different parts of Kandahar Province, southern Afghanistan, on 7 February, according to the Afghan Red Crescent Society (ARCS).

Source: GlideNumber

Disaster Type: 

Country/Region: 

Name: 

Flash Flood in Afghanistan

GLIDEnumber: 

FF-2010-000020-AFG

Region: 

Kandahar Province

Occurance Date: 

07/02/2010

Floods in Afganistan

English

Heavy rains caused flooding in Jalabad, eastern Afghanistan. 626 houses destroyed, roughly 4000 people affected. (UNAMA Press Release 01/09/2009)

Source: Glide number

Disaster Type: 

Country/Region: 

GLIDEnumber: 

FL-2009-00171

Region: 

Afganistan

Occurance Date: 

31/08/2009

UN-SPIDER co-chairs inter-agency briefing on use of Remote Sensing for DRR and Emergency Response in Afghanistan

On June 22nd, an inter-agency briefing with UNOOSA/UN-SPIDER took place in Kabul to determine how best to make use of spatial data/mapping tools to support

English

Country/Region: 

Publishing Date: 

Mon, 22/06/2009 - 18:00

UN-SPIDER news: 

0

Flood in Afghanistan

English

According to assessments conducted to date, floods have affected approximately 10,000 households in five provinces in the Northern region (Jawzjan, Faryab, Balkh, Samangan and Sari Pul) and four provinces in the Northeastern region (Kunduz, Baghlan, Takhar and Badakhshan). Flooding in the north and northeast is expected to continue and worsen, due to heavy rains and to snow melting.

Source : Charter activation

Disaster Type: 

Country/Region: 

Name: 

Flood in Afghanistan

GLIDEnumber: 

not available

Region: 

Afghanistan

Occurance Date: 

19/05/2009

Flood in Afghanistan

English

On 20-21 April, flooding was reported in 10 locations on the outskirts of Mazar city and 3 in Chemtal district of Balkh province. Two children were killed, a total of 240 houses completely destroyed, 157 partially damaged. 240 families have lost everything.

Source : Glide number

 

Disaster Type: 

Country/Region: 

Name: 

Flood in Afghanistan

GLIDEnumber: 

FL-2009-000080-AFG

Region: 

Afghanistan

Occurance Date: 

22/04/2009

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