• Wed. Feb 28th, 2024

Death toll in Afghanistan floods rises to 26, 40 missing

Death toll in Afghanistan floods rises to 26, 40 missing

The death toll from heavy rains in central Afghanistan has risen to 26, with more than 40 people missing, officials said.

State Disaster Management Ministry spokesman Shafiullah Rahimi said the floods have killed 31 people nationwide since Friday and caused widespread damage to property and farms.

Government spokesperson Sabihullah Mujahid said that emergency aid is being delivered to the main disaster area in Jalres district of Maidan Wardak province.

Although Afghanistan is located at the western edge of the Asian monsoon footprint, flash floods are frequent during the wet season due to heavy rainfall in dry river basins.

Rahimi told a press conference that since Friday, 604 houses have been completely or partially destroyed in Jalras and hundreds of acres of agricultural land and orchards have been destroyed.

Nationwide, “in the last four months, 214 people have been killed in natural disaster-related incidents,” Rahimi said.

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