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On May 2, 2021, devastating floods affected several provinces across the country. USAID partners provided emergency shelter and livelihoods assistance.
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Key Developments

On June 22 at 12:55 a.m. local time, a magnitude 5.9 earthquake struck southeastern Afghanistan, resulting in an estimated 770 deaths and approximately 1,500 injuries, the UN reports.

On June 28, USAID announced nearly $55 million in funding to meet acute humanitarian needs following the earthquake and broader humanitarian needs throughout Afghanistan.

U.S. government partners are providing emergency food, health, shelter, and water, sanitation, and hygiene assistance to earthquake-affected populations in southeastern Afghanistan's Khost and Paktika provinces.


Ongoing insecurity and frequent natural disasters continue to displace populations and generate humanitarian needs throughout Afghanistan. The UN estimates that more than 4.9 million people remain in protracted displacement in Afghanistan, while natural disasters, such as avalanches and floods, affect approximately 250,000 Afghans each year. In 2021, drought and the socioeconomic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic are further exacerbating humanitarian needs.

The Taliban seized Afghanistan’s capital city of Kabul on August 15, 2021, following the successive capture of several provincial capitals and territory in early August. Following the collapse of the Government of Afghanistan, economic and political instability has resulted in the deterioration of basic
service provision across the country, increased prices of staple foods and fuel, reduced household purchasing power, and other developments that constrain the ability of Afghan households to meet basic needs.

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Last updated: June 28, 2022

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