Heavy Rain, Floods Kill 22, Destroy Hundreds of Homes In Afghanistan

Heavy rain and flooding has killed at least 22 people, and injured more 40 others and also destroyed hundreds of homes in 12 provinces across Afghanistan in the past two days.

Head of Afghanistan’s National Disaster Management Authority, Hassibullah Shekhani said Thursday that floods unleashed by heavy rains also killed 120 animals and destroyed 500 homes and washed away more than 3,000 acres of plantations.

Shekhani said that the International Committee of the Red Cross was helping at the moment, and called on other international organizations for help.

Ghulam Ghaus Naseri, acting Minister of State for Disaster Management, said that rain and flooding was severe in western Badghis and Faryab provinces.

Naseri said that a team has been appointed to deliver essential food items and other assistant to the flood-affected families

Head of Afghanistan’s Meteorological Department, Mohammad Nasim Murad said 27 provinces are at risk of floods due to heavy rains.

Taliban authorities are struggling to cope with the disaster and called on the international relief organizations for help. Afghanistan is already facing a humanitarian crisis, and the international community did not recognize the Taliban government so far, making it difficult for the Afghans to be benefited from the international community’s aid in a timely manner.

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