On 19 April 2010, an earthquake measuring 5.3 on the Richter scale struck Samangan province in northern Afghanistan. This resulted in the death of 8 people and 50 injured, with homes in more than 50 villages completely or partially destroyed in the districts of Dara-i-Sufi Bala, Darai- Sufi Payin and Ruyi Du Ab. The affected villages are remote and extremely difficult to access, located at high altitudes, ranging between 2,200 and 2,600 metres above sea level and exposed to extreme weather, snow and severe cold, rain and strong winds. The area continued to be affected by aftershocks and later in the spring by floods which increased the vulnerability of the communities and further damaged the partially destructed houses.
This Humanitarian Practice Case Study, under the NGOs and Humanitarian Reform Project (NHRP), focuses on how Partnership and Accountability has been implemented as a part of the response. The methodology for the paper has been through attendance in coordination meetings, interviews with the responding stakeholders and field visits to some of the affected villages.