Afghanistan flash floods leave 66 dead

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Published: 2024-05-20 15:57

Last Updated: 2024-06-16 22:14


Afghanistan flash floods leave 66 dead
Afghanistan flash floods leave 66 dead

Afghanistan faced a series of deadly flash floods that ripped through the country these past few days. The latest tragedy struck Faryab province, killing 66 people and causing widespread destruction.

This follows similar floods that claimed over 50 lives in Ghor and over 300 in Baghlan, all within the last month.

These floods come after a period of drought and have crippled Afghanistan's agricultural sector, the backbone of the nation's economy where 80 percent rely on farming for survival.

More than 1,500 houses have been destroyed, leaving entire communities displaced. Rescue efforts are hampered by damaged infrastructure, raising fears the death toll will continue to rise.

The World Food Programme (WFP) painted a grim picture, with online videos showcasing the destructive force of the floods. The existing humanitarian situation has been significantly worsened, leaving many Afghans struggling to survive.

While Afghanistan experiences spring floods regularly, the intensity this year is unprecedented. With limited resources and preparedness, Afghanistan faces a monumental challenge in recovering from this series of disasters.