Floods in Afghanistan and Pakistan kill dozens
Heavy rainfall has caused flooding in eastern Afghanistan and neighboring Pakistan this weekend, resulting in dozens of deaths. This was announced by local authorities yesterday. Thousands of houses have also been destroyed, leaving people without shelter.
"People are homeless, they have been forced to take refuge in the mountains."
Heavy flooding from seasonal rains in Afghanistan and Pakistan has left dozens of people dead overnight, officials say.
More than 3,000 homes have been destroyed in eastern Afghan province of Logar. pic.twitter.com/4LQYGPOeAI
— DW News (@dwnews) August 21, 2022
The floods occurred in Logar province, south of the capital Kabul. It is currently the rainy season there. In recent times, heavy precipitation has often resulted in deaths, injuries and destroyed houses.
It is not yet clear how many people died in Afghanistan last weekend. Bodies are currently still being found. At least 36 people are said to have been killed in Pakistan. Thousands of people have been evacuated there.
— A H (@YousafzaiAnayat) August 20, 2022
Poignant images circulate on social media of mudslides, destroyed houses, and bodies of children, among others, that have been found in the water. According to a villager, the floods have an ‘unprecedented’ impact. “It has destroyed all livestock, homes and farmland,” he says, according to CBS. “People are homeless and forced to take refuge in the mountains.”
Back to back disasters in Afghanistan, based on preliminary information, floods killed 20, around 30 people injured and 4 people are missing in Logar's Khoshi district. It also destroyed about 3,000 houses and killed thousands of animals.#Afganistan #flooding #Logar pic.twitter.com/xN4q7rOlvP
— Khoshhal Taib (@KhoshTaib) August 21, 2022
"I have nothing else left apart from the clothes on me", says a resident of Khoshi district of Logar province after deadly flooding kills at least 20 in the province. pic.twitter.com/dvby12taKq
— Amu TV (@AmuTelevision) August 22, 2022
The rainy season usually lasts until September, so even more precipitation is expected in the coming weeks.
Afghanistan is having a hard time. The country has been in the hands of the Taliban for a year and, in addition to the natural disaster, is also struggling with a huge humanitarian and economic crisis. ” More than half of the population needs acute food aid to survive,” told local media.
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