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Afghanistan

About 3,000 people were displaced by floods after continuous heavy rain in Chakhansur and Khashrod districts in Nimrod province between mid-February and 1 March. Several houses were destroyed or swept away. Many of the people affected were already internally displaced or returnees from Iran (ACAPS, 2 March 2017).

An additional 322 families (about 2,400 people) were displaced by floods in Herat as of 1 March (Norwegian Refugee Council, 1 March 2017).

About 5,400 people fled fighting in Farah, Faryab, Kunar, Herat and Badghis provinces between 26 February and 4 March. This brings to about 23,000 the total number of conflict-related displacements across 20 of Afghanistan’s 34 provinces in 2017. People fled shelling near the border with Pakistan, government clearance operations or conflict between non-state armed groups and government forces (OCHA, 4 March 2017).  

About 2,400 undocumented Afghans returned from Iran and Pakistan between 26 February and 4 March. Compared to the previous week, this was a decrease of 89 per cent in the number of returnees from Pakistan and a decrease of six per cent in returnees from Iran (IOM, 4 March 2017).

Pakistan shut the Torkham and Spin Boldak border crossings on 17 February, one day after an attack at Lal Shahbaz Qalander Sufi shrine in Sehwan in Pakistan that killed 88 people. Pakistan says Daesh (ISIL), which claimed responsibility for the attack, has sanctuaries in Afghanistan (The Star, 18 February 2017).The Islam Qala border with Iran was closed on 6 February because of flooding (IOM, 4 March 2017).

About 47,000 undocumented Afghans returned from Iran between 1 January and 4 March, and 9,600 from Pakistan (IOM, 4 March 2017).