Tuesday, May 21, 2024

33 Killed As Heavy Rains Set Off Flash Floods In Afghanistan – N.F Times


Kabul: At least 33 people have been killed while 27 others sustained injuries over three days of heavy rains and flash flooding in Afghanistan.

“From Friday onwards, because of the rains there were flash floods which caused high human and financial losses,” department spokesman Janan Sayeq said on Sunday.

“The primary information shows that, unfortunately, in the floods, 33 people were martyred and 27 people got injured.”

Most casualties were from roof collapses, as some 600 houses were damaged or destroyed. In addition, 200 livestock have perished, nearly 600km (370 miles) of road have been destroyed, and about 800 hectares (1,975 acres) of agricultural land have “flooded away”, the spokesman added.

Twenty of the nation’s 34 provinces were lashed by the heavy rains, which followed an unusually dry winter season that has parched terrain and forced farmers to delay planting.

Western Farah, Herat, southern Zabul and Kandahar are among the provinces that suffered the most damage, Sayeq said.

The authorities have warned that more rain is expected in the coming days in most of Afghanistan’s provinces.


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