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The Islamic Emirate lead ership in a statement has expressed its deep sympathy with the families affected by flash floods in Baghlan, Badakhshan, Ghor and Herat provinces. The Islamic Emirate spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said authorities would provide support to those impacted by the flooding across the country. “The Islamic Emirate expresses its deep sympathy with the families of dead and wounded, and instructs the ministry of natural disaster management, ministries of defense and interior, and provincial authorities to spare no resource in rescue efforts”, Mujahid said in a statement on X, for- merly Twitter. In the statement, the Islamic Emirate leadership has also asked the people to help flood-affected families, stressing that the Islamic Emirate will be in the service of the people and flood-affected families by all possible means. The toll from deadly flash flooding that ripped through Baghlan, Badakhshan, Ghor and Herat provinces on Friday rose to over 100 people, mainly women and children. A disaster management official in the northern province of Baghlan has said that heavy seasonal rains sparked the flooding, and residents were unprepared for the sudden rush of water. “The number of dead in yesterday’s flood in Baghlan province has risen to 62,” Hedayatullah Hamdard, the head of the provincial natural disaster management department, said. The toll “will probably increase” he said, adding that light rain had continued into the night in multiple districts of the province. Emergency personnel was “searching for any possible victims under the mud and rubble, with the help of security forces from the national army and police”, Hamdard said earlier. Dozens of tents, blankets and food were provided to those who lost their homes, he added. Video footage seen on social media showed huge torrents of muddy water swamping roads and bodies shrouded in white and black cloth. In one video clip, children are heard crying and a group of men are looking at floodwaters, in which bits of broken wood and debris from homes can be seen. Since mid-April, flash flooding and other floods have left over 100 people dead in 10 provinces of the country, with no region entirely spared, according to authorities. Farmland has been swamped in a country where 80 percent of the more than 40 million people depend on agriculture to survive. Rains on Friday also caused heavy damage in northeastern Badakhshan province, central Ghor province, and Baghlan provinces. Mohammad Akram Akbari, the provincial director of natural disaster management in Badakhshan, said the mountainous province had seen “heavy financial losses in several areas due to flash floods”. He added that casualties were feared in Tishkan district, where flooding had blocked a road and cut off access to an area where some 20,000 people lived. Afghanistan, which had a relatively dry winter, making it more difficult for the soil to absorb rainfall, is highly vulnerable to climate change. Afghanistan, which is responsible for only 0.06 percent of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions, ranks sixth on the list of countries most at risk from climate change. Mukhtar Safi

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