Devastating flash floods in some Afghan provinces claim 33 lives, injure 27

KABUL (SW) – Officials at the Afghanistan National Disaster Management Authority (ANDMA) have stated that as a result of recent floods in the past three days in 17 provinces, 33 people have been died and 27 others were injured.

Mohammad Abdullahjan Sayeq, the spokesperson for ANDMA, said that the recent floods have caused the most damage to residents in Kandahar. “The recent floods were in Kandahar, Takhar, Zabul, Parwan, Nangarhar, Helmand, Kabul, Khost, Daikundi, Kunar, Kapisa, Panjshir, Paktika, Paktia, Logar, Laghman, and Herat provinces,” he added.

Sayeq also mentioned that 606 residential houses have been destroyed due to the recent floods, and 200 livestock and 950 jeribs of agricultural land have also been lost.

Some of the flood victims ask the de-facto government and relief agencies to address their situation.

Abdulrahman, a resident of Helmand, said, “My agricultural lands were over 2.5 jeribs, where I had used more than 150,000 Afghanis, all of which were lost due to the flood. We ask the government to help us.”

Mohammad, a resident of Kapisa, also saids, “About 50 families have been affected, and more than 100 jeribs of lands have been destroyed; communication routes were closed for four to five hours. We ask ANDMA to help us urgently.”

However, officials from the Afghanistan National Disaster Management Authority stated that they have plans to assist the victims of the recent floods.

ANDMA officials urge citizens whose homes are in flood-prone areas to relocate due to the continued rainfall expected in the coming days.