Death toll from heavy Afghanistan flooding surpasses 150
Death toll from heavy Afghanistan flooding surpasses 150
A resident clears mud in Charikar after flash floods killed nearly 50 people AFP
29 August, 2020, 13:50
Afghanistan's state ministry for disaster management said the death toll from the floods had risen to 100, with about 100 other people injured and almost 500 houses destroyed.
"The situation is very grim, the scale of loss is intense", said Tamim Azimi, a spokesman for the ministry said. With rescuing citizens, we're functioning to open the highways return to traffic, he stated.
Powerful flood waters in the mountainous province dislocated thousands of large rocks that caused major injuries and destroyed entire homes, burying people under the rubble, officials said.
The dead included many children, survivors said. Reporters in the area say many families have told them that their relatives are missing and in many places, people are busy pulling out bodies from the ruins. As the United Nations reported, the floods destroyed over 10,000 houses and affected around 180,000 people.
The workplace of the Nangarhar governor stated in an announcement that 2 members of a family (4) passed away & 4 remaining have been wounded Wed.in the morning when the wall of their own home collapsed in flooding.
About 20 people were also injured and more than 300 houses destroyed. Meanwhile, rescue operations were underway, but provincial authorities said the destruction had overwhelmed the local capacity to help.
Azimi said the ministry warned residents of possible flooding in the region with a social media alert late on Tuesday.
The eastern Afghan provinces are not safe from the seasonal heavy rains, resulting in flash floods that damage infrastructure and agricultural lands. Houses and roads were destroyed in northern Kapisa, Panjshir and eastern Paktia provinces, Azimi said.
The southern port city of Karachi, also the nation's financial capital, was hardest hit.
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