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Three martyred, scores wounded in flash floods in 3 provinces

SAR-E POL, SHEBERGHAN, MAYMANA: At least three people have been martyred and hundreds of acres of agricultural land, residential units, roads, and bridges destroyed due to flash floods in three provinces, the Natural Disaster Management Departments of the provinces said in separate statements the other day. According to a statement from the governor’s office of Faryab, most of the damages occurred in the districts of Khwaja Sabzposh, Almar, Qaisar, and Kohistanat districts of the province. One person has been martyred in the Almar district, and three children drowned in the floods in the Qaisar district; two of them were rescued, and one missed as well as hundreds of livestock have been perished, the statement said. According to a statement from Natural Disaster of Sar-e Pol, a 12-year-old child has been martyred, and three houses were completely destroyed, and 31 houses were partially destroyed. Meanwhile, the victims of natural events asked the Islamic Emirate and humanitarian agencies to provide them with necessary assistance. Mohammad Taher, a victim, said: “The flood came and destroyed our area. We must be helped urgently; we have lost everything. Here are homes that had their flour, oil, and rice taken by the flood.” Abdul Wahab, a resident of Sar-e-Pol said: “My house was totally destroyed due to flash floods asking the government for support in rebuilding the shelter.” This comes because the country’s Metrology department has warned against heavy rainfall, thunderstorms and flash floods in some provinces of the country. Further sustained heavy rainfall could trigger additional flooding in low-lying communities near rivers, streams, and creeks. Urban flooding is also possible in areas with easily overwhelmed or a lack of stormwater drainage systems Sites downstream from large reservoirs or rivers are also vulnerable to flash flooding after relatively short periods of intense rainfall. These rains can cause further damage to infrastructure, road closures, and contamination with unexploded ordnance due to floods or landslides. As the assessment is ongoing and the likelihood of flash floods is recurring for the coming two weeks, there will be a need to move the propositioned emergency stocks and relief items to the sub-regional branches to ensure an effective response in a timely manner. The country is particularly vulnerable to variations in access to arable land and water due to drought that has been affecting the country for the last three consecutive years. All the affected communities were already going through hardship situation due to the compounded impacts of multiple factors (conflict, persistent impact of drought, extreme climate and seismic hazards, and reduced access to financial services) that had been affecting the whole county for more than 40 years. The unusual floods have exacerbated the existing vulnerability of the communities in these particular provinces. Nearly 80 percent of Afghans’ livelihoods come directly or indirectly from agriculture, and 58 percent of the Afghan population is employed in the industry and has already been facing multiple challenges, including poverty and limited access to resources. Hamid

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The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.