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Flood death toll in Afghanistan rises to at least 50 people

Another 36 people were injured in the floods

By Agencies
April 17, 2024
Afghan men sit atop military vehicles as they cross through a flooded area in Spin Boldak district of Kandahar province, after a flash flood following a heavy rainfall on April 13, 2024. — AFP
Afghan men sit atop military vehicles as they cross through a flooded area in Spin Boldak district of Kandahar province, after a flash flood following a heavy rainfall on April 13, 2024. — AFP

KABUL: Flooding caused by heavy rains over the past four days has claimed the lives of at least 50 people in Afghanistan, the country’s National Disaster Management Authority reported on Tuesday.

Another 36 people were injured in the floods, agency spokesman Janan Sayaq said. Officials previously reported 33 deaths nationwide. Sayaq added that the floods caused significant damage, including destroying agricultural land and homes.

Afghanistan is reeling from the after-effects of decades of conflict and one natural disaster after another, including floods and earthquakes. A series of earthquakes in the Western province of Herat in October claimed at least 1,500 lives, according to the UN.

In February, an avalanche struck a mountain village in Nuristan province, killing at least 21 people. The lack of robust infrastructure, particularly in remote areas, often exacerbates the consequences of such disasters.