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Recent rains & floods cause financial & human losses in Afghanistan

Heavy rains and flash flooding have affected hundreds of families in a number of provinces in Afghanistan. Based on information of the provincial departments of disaster management, recent heavy rains and flash flooding have resulted in the destruction of more than 114 residential houses and over 2,700 acres of agricultural fields in a number of provinces of the country.

According to the state ministry for disaster management of the Islamic Emirate (IEA), necessary food and shelter have been provided  to those affected by recent flash flooding and rains in the country.  In an interview with The Kabul Times correspondent, a spokesperson for the state ministry of disaster management Shafiullah Rahimi said that 13 people have lost their lives, 72 people  have been wounded, 1,893 residential houses have been partially or fully destroyed and 24,700 acres lands have been destroyed as a result of heavy rains and flash flooding in Farah, Faryab, Balkh,  Uruzgan, Kunar, Nuristan, Laghman,  Baghlan, Samangan, Parwan,  Kunduz, Panjshir, Maidan Wardak,  Paktika, Kabul, Paktia, Khost,  Helmand and Nimroz provinces. Previously, human and financial losses have been reported from Parwan, Uruzgan and Balkh provinces.  According to people in Parwan, financial losses have been inflicted to hundreds of families due to recent heavy rains and flash flooding in the province.  Rahimi further said that the country’s state ministry for disaster management has prepared draft plan for the prevention and management of possible floods risks and shared with the leadership of the Islamic Emirate and relevant national and international organizations and UN agencies to address all possible losses and casualties if caused by rains andflash flooding.  The devastating floods have also affected dozens of families in Uruzgan province where the affected families are asking relevant welfare organizations and the Islamic Emirate to provide them with urgent assistance. According to the flood-affected families, recent rains and flash flooding have resulted in the destruction of agricultural lands and residential houses in the province.  Previously, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs had sai that heavy rains and flash flooding have affected some 645 families across seven provinces in Afghanistan.  OCHA said on Twitter last week that aid agencies were assessing the impact and providing aid where needed, but limited funding is constraining their ability to scale up assistance. Meanwhile,the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said on Tuesday its team continues to provide shelter assistance to people affected by natural disasters. The UN agency had said that in Khulm, Sholgara and Mazar-e- Sharif in Balkh, they provided cash for transnational shelter construction to 223 families, and cash for shelter repair to 272 families. It is worth mentioning that the country’s meteorology department reported that most provinces of the country will witness heavy rains and possible flash flooding in the coming days. Saida Ahmadi

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The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.