The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.

Recent floods cause tragic incidents in some provinces

Flood-affected people in various provinces of the country report catastrophic financial and human losses, urging assistance from the government and aid agencies. The flood victims in the Arghandi area of Paghman district of Kabul said that they have lost their shelters and are in urgent need of medicines, asking aid organizations to provide immediate assistance. The district governor of Paghman, Khalid Haidar stated that 100 houses and 80 acres of farmland have been completely destroyed due to floods, and another 100 houses have been damaged. Haidar adds that 5 members of a family have been martyred in the floods, 100 houses have been destroyed, and another 100 houses have been partially damaged. People’s livestock has also perished. “Unfortunately, 38 persons have been martyred, 75 injured, and 2 are missing. More than 900 houses have been completely and partially destroyed. 456 livestock have been lost, and the crops from over 7,000 acres of agricultural lands and orchards have been ruined,” said Shafiullah Rahimi, the spokesperson of the government’s Ministry for Disaster Management. The State Ministry for Disaster Management has predicted that eight provinces of the country, including Kabul, Maidan Wardak, Khost, Paktia, Kunar, Nuristan, and Ghazni, will experience heavy rainfall and floods in the next two days. Official statistics indicate that as a result of the recent floods in these eight provinces in the past four days, nearly 40 people have lost their lives, and more than 60 others have been injured. These floods have destroyed approximately a thousand houses and over seven thousand acres of agricultural land. Besides, the affected people of Maidan Wardak province are complaining about the lack of assistance, saying they have lost everything they had, but sufficient help has not been provided to them. However, the Governor of Maidan Wardak assures immediate attention to these flood-affected people. “We have urgently planned for their food and shelter, and other issues they are facing are also being addressed,” said Bakhtiyar Muaz, the Governor of Maidan Wardak province. In a joint meeting with representatives of domestic and foreign aid agencies, local officials in Maidan Wardak requested urgent assistance for the flood-affected people from various organizations. “We urge our colleagues and institutions to do whatever is within our capacity to provide assistance, but these aids are not sufficient,” said Faizullah Jalali, the Provincial Director of Disaster Management Directorate of Maidan Wardak. Meanwhile, officials from some aid organizations have assured of providing humanitarian assistance. “We are preparing non-food items and tents for families displaced across all districts,” said Mohammad Omar Hashemi, the Central Zone Officer of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. “The government’s Ministry for Disaster Management has distributed humanitarian aid to the affected people in flood-hit areas. The survey process is ongoing, in addition to distributing aid packages. Furthermore, the ministry convened an emergency meeting with national and international organizations to attract friendly humanitarian assistance, in which these institutions have pledged to provide urgent humanitarian aid to the affected people,” said Shafiullah Rahimi, the spokesperson of the Ministry. It is worth mentioning that the plan for managing and preventing potential flood hazards is being adopted in collaboration with national and international organizations, and the process of fortifying areas and implementing resilient small-scale projects across the country has begun. Saida Ahmadi

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The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.