Afghanistan: Heavy seasonal rains triggered flash floods making 68 dead

The hard-hit western province of Ghor has incurred huge financial losses, which devastated thousands of homes and properties and wrecked hundreds of hectares of agricultural land.
Afghanistan: Heavy seasonal rains triggered flash floods making 68 dead

Flash floods caused by unusual heavy seasonal rains killed at least 68 people in Afghanistan, Taliban authorities said Saturday, adding that the death toll was based on preliminary information.

According to Abdul Wahid Hamas, the provincial governor's spokesman, 50 people were killed in the hard-hit western province of Ghor.

He also stated that the province has incurred huge financial losses as a result of the floods on Friday, which devastated thousands of homes and properties and wrecked hundreds of hectares of agricultural land, including Feroz Koh, the capital city.

Meanwhile, the northern province of Farayab lost 18 people and injured two more on Friday, according to Esmatullah Moradi, the provincial governor's spokesman. Damage to buildings and land was reported in four regions, and over 300 animals were killed, he said.

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) stated on social networking platform X that Ghor was the worst affected by the floods, with 2500 families affected. According to the article, WFP assessment teams are on the ground ready to send assistance.

The latest calamity followed disastrous floods that killed at least 70 people in April. The waters also destroyed around 2,000 homes, three mosques, and four schools in western Farah and Herat, as well as southern Zabul and Kandahar provinces.

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