Devastating floods claim 29 lives across nine Provinces in Afghanistan

KABUL (SW) – In the aftermath of recent floods over the past four days, 29 individuals have “tragically” lost their lives while seven others sustained injuries, according to officials from the Afghanistan National Disaster Management Authority (ANDMA).

Mohammad Abdullah Jan Sayeq, spokesperson for the ministry, stated that a total of 73 houses have been partially or completely destroyed, and over 2,525 jeribs of agricultural land have been washed away due to the flooding.

“Floods have resulted in casualties and damages in nine provinces including Ghazni, Paktia, Jowzjan, Farah, Nimruz, Samangan, Parwan, Helmand, and Nangarhar,” Sayeq added.

Meanwhile, some affected families have expressed frustration over the lack of assistance from the de-facto government and international organizations.

Esmatullah from Helmand province voiced concern, “The floods have destroyed 10 jeribs of wheat lands and our entire village. We urge the government to send a team to assess the extent of the damage in our area.”

Gul Mohammad, a resident of Zabul province, also said, “The rains have caused extensive losses for us, and our crops have been ruined. We hope for assistance.”

Officials from ANDMA reported that relief efforts have been commenced in 32 provinces, with assistance distributed to 25,398 families so far.

Meanwhile, The Meteorology Department of the Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation of the Islamic Emirate has also warned of rainfall, snowfall, and the risk of further flooding in 29 provinces for the upcoming days.