60 killed in Afghanistan flash floods


…As Conflicts displaced 5.5m people in Africa – Norwegian Council***

At least 60 people have been killed in flash floods across 13 provinces in Afghanistan in the past seven days, the National Disaster Management Authority said on Wednesday.
Five people were injured, the agency said in a statement. It did not specify the casualties by province.
Some 343 homes were destroyed, while 663 more were partially damaged, by the floods in the provinces of Samangar, Takhar, Kapisa, Baghlan, Badakhshan, Badghis, Ghor, Panjshir, Sar-e Pul, Ghazi, Parwan, Bakh and Herat.
The floods also killed 600 livestock and destroyed some 392,000 square meters of agricultural land, the statement said.
Agency spokesman, Omar Mohammadi, said that a survey of the situation was under way and assistance was being provided with the help of international and national organisations.
In April 2015, at least 52 people were killed in a landslide triggered by rain in the north-eastern province of Badakhshan.

In the meantime, the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC)’s Internal Displacement Monitoring Center (IDMC) said on 5.5 million people were internally displaced by conflict in sub-Saharan Africa in 2017.

According to a study, the IDMC said Sub-Saharan Africa, a continent which only makes up 14 per cent of the world’s population, accounted for nearly half of the 11.8 million people displaced by conflict in 2017.

The Global Report on Internal Displacement (GRID 2018) revealed that the Democratic Republic of the Congo was hardest hit, with almost 2.2 million new displacements, more than three worst-affected countries — South Sudan, Ethiopia and Central African Republic – which together accounted for 2.1 million.

The Director of IDMC, Alexandra Bilak, said the scale of this displacement is dishearteningly familiar.

“This report showed why we need a new approach to address the huge costs of internal displacement, not only to individuals, but also to the economy, stability and security of affected countries,” Bilak said.

According to the report, almost 15,000 people a day fled within their own their countries to escape conflict and violence.

“Internal displacement often heralds the start of broader crises. While we have seen some useful policy progress since the adoption of the Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement 20 years ago, it is nowhere near enough to cope with, much less reduce, the scale of the problem,” he added.

IDMC said the Boko Haram insurgency, ethnic violence and clashes over diminishing resources led to more than 415,000 new displacements in the Lake Chad Basin, 65 per cent of them in Nigeria’s North East states.