Floods in northern Afghanistan leave at least 100 dead

Heavy flooding has killed at least 100 individuals and injured scores of others as heavy seasonal rains drenched northern and jap Afghanistan, officers mentioned Wednesday.

Annual heavy rains, compounded by mudslides, usually threaten distant areas of Afghanistan, the place infrastructure is poor. Summer usually brings heavy rainfall in northern and jap components of the nation, resulting in floods that leave lots of dead yearly.

State minister for catastrophe administration Ghulam Bahawudin Jilani mentioned that in northern Parwan province, water inundated the central metropolis of Charikar, the place the well being ministry mentioned the native hospital was partially destroyed and lots of the injured had been being transferred to the capital, Kabul.

The provincial spokeswoman, Wahida Shahkar, mentioned the variety of casualties could rise as individuals and rescue groups had been nonetheless working to find individuals buried below destroyed homes. The head of the provincial hospital, Abdul Qasim Sangin, mentioned a number of kids had been among the many dead and a number of the injured are in vital situation.

Shahkar mentioned the flooding began in the central a part of the province in a single day, following heavy rains and destroying many properties. She referred to as on the federal government to ship support and supply fast help for employees digging by mud to achieve those that had been trapped.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani in a press release ordered support be delivered to Parwan and different provinces whereas expressing his condolences to the victims’ households.

Ahmad Tameem Azimi, spokesman of the Disaster Management Ministry, mentioned flooding blocked highways to jap and northern provinces. “Along with rescuing people we are working to open the highways back to traffic,” he mentioned.

Azimi mentioned at least 300 homes had been destroyed in Parwan and over 1,000 individuals had been displaced. He mentioned floor and air help despatched to assist these trapped by the flooding had reached the provinces. The ministry warned residents of potential flooding in the area with a social media alert late Tuesday, he added.

The flooding waters and speeding mud in the mountainous Parwan province carried hundreds of huge rocks that brought on main accidents and destroyed whole properties, burying individuals below the rubble. Several excavators had reached the realm and had been digging for these caught beneath the rubble.

“Nobody could run,” mentioned Shah Arian, 22 one of many victims. He mentioned it began round midnight, when individuals had been asleep.

“Fifteen people from our two neighborhoods died,” he mentioned, interesting for presidency assist. “Everything I had is under the mud.” Azimi, the spokesman, mentioned hundred of acres of agricultural land have been destroyed, with the heavy rain wiping out all of the corps in jap Nuristan province. Houses and roads had been destroyed in northern Kapisa, Panjshir and jap Paktia provinces, Azimi mentioned.

In jap Maidan Wardak province two individuals died and 5 had been injured when flooding destroyed a number of homes, he added.

The workplace of the Nangarhar governor mentioned in a press release that two members of a household died and 4 others had been injured Wednesday morning when the wall of their home collapsed in flooding. (

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