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  • On Friday 7th October 2016, AKAH donated 125 tents and 100 Non Food Item packages to the Governor of Takhar to support 750 Internally Displaced People (IDP) in Kunduz.
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  • Following the devastating landslide in Abi Barik village of Argo district, Badakhshan, Afghanistan, AKAH formed part of the assessment team and provided food and non-food items to 700 families affected families.
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  • School Emergency Response Teams (SERTs) participate in a search and rescue simulation as part of their capacity building training. Over 50% of SERTs are women, Afghanistan.
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  • To increase awareness on disaster preparedness, AKAH organises community-based initiatives such as a theatre performances to disseminate key messaging, Afghanistan.
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  • As part of AKAH’s School Safety initiative, students participate in a school disaster awareness competition in Ishkashim, Badakhshan, Afghanistan.
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Humanitarian assistance

Afghanistan is highly prone to multiple natural disasters including earthquakes, landslides, flooding and avalanches.  Earthquakes occur frequently, particularly in the mountainous north and north-eastern areas of the country, and often trigger landslides.  Floods are common in the spring when snow begins to melt and rainfall is heavy.  Many of the communities at risk are located in remote areas, and disaster relief efforts are made more difficult by the volatile security situation.  The Aga Khan Agency for Habitat (AKAH) - formerly Focus Humanitarian Assistance - has been active in Afghanistan since 1996, when it was set up to respond to the acute food shortages caused by the ongoing conflict.

Emergency Management teams train to respond to disasters while conducting hazard and risk assessments.  They also work to improve risk anticipation through the establishment of Early Warning Systems.  AKAH has so far trained tens of thousands of volunteers for disaster response and management across Central and South Asia.