The United Nations refugee agency says more than 550,000 people in Afghanistan have fled their homes due to the conflict since the start of this year.
A situational update by Geneva-based UNHCR shows about 126,000 people have been displaced in the month leading up to August 9, the most recent date for which figures are available.
A spokeswoman for UNHCR says that while the situation inside Afghanistan is fluid, “for now the displacement is largely internal.”
“There is a need to support the humanitarian response in the country,” Shabia Mantoo tells The Associated Press. “If we do see cross-border movement then additional support outside the country will be necessary too.”
The agency continues to have international and Afghan staff on the ground, she says.