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Flash Floods Kill 35 in Afghanistan

Flash Floods Kill At least 35 in Afghanistan

KABUL – Recent floods in Afghanistan have resulted in the death of at least 35 people, destruction of many homes and roads that could help access to villages in different parts of the country, officials said Saturday.
“Heavy flooding followed intense rainfall three days earlier and killed 12 people in Faryab province and 10 others in Herat,” the spokesperson for Afghanistan’s National Disaster Management Authority (ANDMA) said in a statement.
“Eight people were killed in Badghis province and five in Balkh province,” Bahaduri said.
He added that more than 3,000 homes had been destroyed.
In Herat, 10 districts and some parts of Herat city were impacted, said Jailani Farhad, spokesman for the province’s governor.
“Hundreds of houses have been destroyed and thousands displaced,” he said.
According to Mir Gulabuddin Miri, director of the Afghan Red Crescent in Herat, access to some areas had been cut off, preventing teams from reaching affected communities.
“The destruction is huge. Over 12 areas in the province have been badly hit, people have lost their houses. We’ve only been able to provide them with some food and blankets so far,” he said.
Aid workers in the northern provinces of Faryab and Balkh have also been struggling to deliver humanitarian a to affected families.
“We have dispatched our food and non-food assistance for the affected families, but the scale of the disaster is massive. We need more humanitarian aid,” an ANDMA spokesman in northern Afghanistan told AFP.
Poor infrastructure also makes it difficult for aid workers to reach the affected areas.
Recently, at least 20 people were killed by flash floods caused by heavy rains that swept away thousands of homes and cars in Kandahar province.
(Sahar News)

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