Wednesday, May 22, 2024

At least 200 dead in Afghanistan flash floods; thousands of homes destroyed


NEW DELHI: Flash floods in northern Afghanistan killed at least 200 people, according to the United Nations statement on Saturday.
The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) reported to AFP that the heavy rains on Friday triggered massive flooding in Baghlan province, causing the deaths of over 200 and destruction or damage of thousands of homes.
In the district of Baghlani Jadid, an IOM emergency response lead cited figures from the Afghanistan National Disaster Management Authority, stating that up to 1,500 homes were impacted and “more than 100 people died”. Taliban government officials reported 62 fatalities as of Friday night. Zabihullah Mujahid, a spokesman, expressed on X (formerly Twitter) on Saturday that “hundreds of our fellow citizens have succumbed to these calamitous floods” without specifying the exact numbers of dead and injured, although he informed AFP that dozens had lost their lives.
Flash flooding affected multiple provinces across Afghanistan, with officials in northern Takhar province reporting 20 deaths on Saturday. The heavy rains on Friday also caused significant damage in the northeastern province of Badakhshan, the central province of Ghor, and the western province of Herat, according to officials.
The defence ministry stated that emergency personnel have been deployed to the affected areas and are working to rescue injured and stranded individuals.
Afghanistan, a nation devastated by four decades of war and one of the poorest in the world, is considered by scientists to be one of the least prepared countries to face the consequences of global warming, aggravated by a relatively dry winter that made it more difficult for the soil to absorb the rainfall.

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