Flash Floods Kill More Than 300 In Afghanistan; State of Emergency Declared – News18

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Afghan people gather along a road between Samangan and Mazar-i-Sharif covered in mud following a flash flood after heavy rainfall, in Feroz Nakhchir district of Samangan Province. (Image: AFP)

Afghan people gather along a road between Samangan and Mazar-i-Sharif covered in mud following a flash flood after heavy rainfall, in Feroz Nakhchir district of Samangan Province. (Image: AFP)

There were disparities between the death tolls provided by the government and humanitarian agencies. The UN migration agency, the International Organization for Migration, said there were 218 deaths in Baghlan

Flash floods that have ripped through northern Afghanistan left more than 300 people dead in multiple provinces, the World Food Programme said on Saturday, as authorities declared a state of emergency and rushed to rescue the injured.

Northern Baghlan province was one of the hardest hit, with more than 300 people killed there alone, and thousands of houses destroyed or damaged, according to WFP.

“On current information: in Baghlan province there are 311 fatalities, 2,011 houses destroyed and 2,800 houses damaged,” Rana Deraz, a communications officer for the UN agency in Afghanistan, told news agency AFP.

There were disparities between the death tolls provided by the government and humanitarian agencies. The UN migration agency, the International Organization for Migration, said there were 218 deaths in Baghlan.

Abdul Mateen Qani, spokesman for the interior ministry, told AFP that 131 people had been killed in Baghlan, but that the government toll could rise. “Many people are still missing,” he said.

Another 20 people were reported dead in northern Takhar province and two in neighbouring Badakhshan, he added.

In Baghlani Jadid district alone, up to 1,500 homes were damaged or destroyed and “more than 100 people died”, an IOM emergency response lead said, citing figures from the Afghanistan National Disaster Management Authority.

Taliban government officials said 62 people had died as of Friday night.

Spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said “hundreds of our fellow citizens have succumbed to these calamitous floods” in a statement on X, formerly Twitter, on Saturday, without differentiating the numbers of dead and injured, though he told AFP dozens had been killed.

Multiple provinces across Afghanistan saw flash flooding, with officials in northern Takhar province reporting 20 dead on Saturday.

Rains on Friday also caused heavy damage in northeastern Badakhshan province, central Ghor province and western Herat, officials said.

Emergency personnel have been deployed to the affected areas and were rushing to rescue injured and stranded people, the defence ministry said.

Afghanistan — which had a relatively dry winter, making it more difficult for the soil to absorb rainfall — is highly vulnerable to climate change.

The nation, ravaged by four decades of war, is one of the poorest in the world and, according to scientists, one of the worst prepared to face the consequences of global warming.

(This story has not been edited by News18 staff and is published from a syndicated news agency feed – AFP)

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