Floods Hits Afghanistan, 59 Dead


Afghan Arm force rescuing children after flood | The Independent

Following rounds of heavy rain and snow, at least 59 deaths have been reported across Afghanistan since Friday, according to Pajhwok Afghan News.

The victims were killed when their homes collapsed and the vehicles they were traveling in were swept away, according to the UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

At least 10 people, including children and those from the nomadic community, are still missing,  while more than 1,000 people stranded by the flood waters have been rescued by Afghan National Security Force (ANSF).  Over the last two days, there have been further damage to schools, mosque, bridges.

In Arghandab districts alone, an estimated 1,500 families have been affected by floods, the majority of the affected people are from the nomadic community. Affected people have lost household items and livestock.

In Farah Districts, most of the places are severely affected by the flood. A large number of houses have been swept away and 500 families have been displaced in the temporary camp.

Affect by flood flash | The Independent

The report in Independent states that 85 per cent of Farah city has been flooded and the majority of roads are closed, hampering movement throughout the city. As a result of floods, telecommunications are down, hammering communication between flood-affected people, local authorities and humanitarian partners.

In Hirat districts about 200 houses have been reportedly been swept away. The report in Aljazeera states that Khandahar’s Deputy Governor Abdu; Hanan Moneeb said the flooding was the worst in seven years.

“It is anticipated that up to 2,000 homes may have been damaged,” with severe damage to infrastructure also being reported.

Disasters such as avalanches and flash floods often hit mountainous areas and river valleys of Afghanistan as the snow melts in the spring and summer. The situation is made worse by deforestation.

Heavy snowfall across large swaths of Afghanistan this winter has raised fears of severe flooding as spring approaches, following years of devastating drought in the country.

Nearly 60 people have been killed as of February 12 due to flooding in Afghanistan so far this year, according to the UN.


Compiled by Sonam Choki

Source-Independent, Latest Ly, Aljazeera, and BBC news