Nearly 1.4 million drought-affected people were assisted in November 2018 with 15,000 metric tons (mt) of food and US$595,000 in cash transfers to cover food needs.
Prepositioning of 12,000 mt of food and nutrition supplies for 499,000 people is underway before winter sets in.
US$71.8 million are required for the next six months (December 2018 – May 2019).
In November, WFP Afghanistan reached 1.4 million drought affected people in 20 provinces across the country. WFP and partners delivered and distributed more than 15,000 metric tons (mt) of food and transferred US$595,000 to drought-affected families to cover their food needs. Of the people assisted, more than 500,000 received food rations in November for two or three months.
The ongoing full-scale drought response started in October and by end of November had reached a total of 1.6 million people, one million of them repeatedly. In these two months, more than 27,000 mt of food were distributed and more than $1.45 million cash assistance transferred.
Distributions will continue to increase, until WFP reaches its target of 2.5 million people.
WFP’s response to the drought began end of last year, reaching 463,000 severely food insecure people across 14 provinces by June 2018. The following enhanced response was completed in September 2018 and assisted 560,000 people across the five worst-affected provinces.
Further, WFP distributed at least US$537,000 in cash transfers in November to cover food needs of more than 32,000 people, according to first reports.
This included cash transfers to more than 17,000 family members of women and men enrolled in asset creation activities, 5,000 returnees and seasonal support to 10,000 most vulnerable people.
In November, nearly 3,400 mt of food were prepositioned in remote areas of 9 provinces before winter makes roads impassable. In total, WFP plans to preposition food and nutrition supplies for 499,000 people.
The United Nations Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS) transported 2,700 passengers in November to 18 destinations across the country and transported 6 mt of humanitarian cargo. In total this year, UNHAS flew 22,5000 passengers from 157 organizations, including donors and media.