Thousands of people will be given emergency aid following extreme weather in Afghanistan.

Islamic Relief is expecting to deliver food and essential non-food items to nearly 500 homes in Nangarhar and Lagman provinces, in eastern Afghanistan.

Afghanistan has been badly affected by floods, heavy snow and avalanches caused by extreme weather in 20 of its 34 provinces. More than 300 people have died and nearly 5,000 homes have been completely destroyed.

In Nangarhar and Lagman, many families have lost all their livelihoods, and their homes have been badly damaged. Islamic Relief will be giving more than 3,000 food packs. The packs will include wheat flour, beans, sugar, and rice, and are designed to last a family of six for a month. Non-food items such as cooking pots, plates, lanterns and blankets will also be distributed.

Islamic Relief is responding as part of a joint response with other humanitarian agencies including Afghan National Disaster Management Authority (ANDMA), who will be providing shelter and safe drinking water.

Islamic Relief responded to extreme weather emergencies in Afghanistan less than a year ago. In April, heavy rainfall caused flash flooding in northern Afghanistan, killing 130 people.