Flash Floods Leave 63 People Dead Across Afghanistan

At least 63 people were killed and 81 more wounded due to recent heavy rains triggered flash floods in 12 provinces of Afghanistan.

Acting Minister of State for Disaster Management, Ghulam Ghas Naseri said that 12,250 houses and 12,000 acres of agricultural land were damaged and also 2,000 livestock killed.

According to Naseri, flood-hit provinces are in dire need of humanitarian assistance, and said that several teams of doctors and paramedics were sent to the rugged area and were administering first aid to the wounded, including women and children.

A resident of Nangarhar province, Syedajan said that flash floods have washed away all of their belongings and turned dozens of homes into rubble. “We are poor people. We need urgent support.”  

Surkhord, Momand Dara, and Khewa were the worst flood-hit districts. 

Head of Afghanistan Meteorological Department, Mohammad Nasim Muradi linked the recent heavy rains in the country to the monsoon in India. 

Muradi said that the monsoon in India in June, July and August directly affects Afghanistan, causing rain in east, southeast, northeast, south and some central parts.

The officials also warned of heavy rains and flash floods in the upcoming days.

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