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Flash floods leave dozens dead north of Kabul

Flash floods leave dozens dead north of Kabul

Afghanistan’s capital city Kabul suffers from floods caused by recent heavy rains. Parwan Province authorities reported more than 30 deaths as a result of the torrential rains.

The heavy weather conditions worsen the local rescue crews’ work. The rescuers are overwhelmed by the devastation caused by the natural disaster. As of Wednesday morning, at least 30 people have been killed and hundreds of houses destroyed by flash floods in northern Afghanistan.

Parwan Province, north of Kabul, was hit by the torrential rains overnight, causing the flash flooding, according to a statement from the Ministry of Disaster Management.

The medical workers confirmed the deaths of several children were among the victims. At least 70 people others were injured during the floods that have destroyed over 300 houses in the provincial capital Shakar.

Abdul Khalil, head of the regional public hospital in the provincial capital Charikar, told Anadolu Agency that at least 45 bodies and over 80 injured people have been brought from various parts of the province.

Rescue teams are looking for bodies buried under hundreds of destroyed homes

Poorly built housing in the Afghani rural areas are particularly prone to collapsing under heavy rain, said a statement of the State Ministry for Disaster Management and Humanitarian Affairs.

The death toll is likely to rise as many people are believed to be trapped under debris of fallen houses in the remote parts of the province. Most of the victims are women and children.

According to the local administration, police force and volunteers are busy in rescue and relief operations in the province. Meanwhile, rescue operations were underway, but provincial authorities said the destruction had overwhelmed the local capacity to help.

Afghanistan was hit by particularly severe flash floods in the spring of 2019. As the UN reported, the floods destroyed over 10,000 houses and affected around 180,000 people.