Afghanistan gears up to face wrath of flash floods


Kabul: Afghanistan is reeling from devastating flash floods triggered by seasonal rains, claiming the lives of hundreds and leaving many injured, according to a Taliban official. The deluge primarily struck the northern region, with Baghlan province bearing the brunt of the disaster. Initial reports from officials indicate at least 50 casualties and widespread property destruction across multiple districts.

In the neighboring Takhar province, state-owned media outlets have confirmed the deaths of at least 20 individuals due to the floods.



Zabihullah Mujahid, the Taliban’s chief spokesperson, took to the social media platform X on Saturday to disclose the grim toll, stating that “hundreds… have succumbed to these calamitous floods, while a substantial number have sustained injuries.” He highlighted Badakhshan, Baghlan, Ghor, and Herat as the worst-hit provinces, emphasizing the extensive financial losses incurred.

Mujahid further revealed that the government has mobilized all available resources for rescue operations, including evacuating stranded individuals, transporting the injured, and recovering the bodies of the deceased.

The Taliban’s defense ministry issued a statement on Saturday, affirming that the country’s air force has initiated evacuation efforts in Baghlan, successfully rescuing numerous individuals stranded in flooded areas and transporting around a hundred injured persons to military hospitals.

Prior to Friday’s floods, officials reported that heavy rains and flash flooding in April claimed the lives of at least 70 people in Afghanistan, with approximately 2,000 homes, three mosques, and four schools sustaining damage.


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