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Girl dies in Laghman flashfloods

AT Monitoring Desk-KABUL: A young girl was killed in flashfloods that destroyed large parts of agriculture lands and gardens in eastern Laghman province, local officials said Wednesday.

Spokesman for Laghman governor, Sarhadi Zwak, said the floods occurred in Alingar, Alishing and Dawlat Shah districts due to heavy rains.

He said that 35 houses, dams and agriculture lands have been destroyed due to rains. He believed that the death toll may rise.

The residents of the district have meanwhile pleased with authorities for help.

In response, local officials said that a delegation has been sent to the area to investigate the damage and to provide help for the people.

Every year, flash floods occur in the northern, eastern and western parts of the country and cause widespread destruction at this time of year.

The National Disaster Management Authority (ANDMA) the other day said that over the past three days 12 provinces suffered heavy flooding, leaving in the wake a number of villages facing destruction and loss.

Kapisa, Parwan, Badakhshan, Takhar, Baghlan, Jawzjan, Panjshir, Nuristan, Maidan Wardak, Bamiyan and Paktika provinces have all seen heavy rain and flash floods over the past week.

The death toll has now risen to three, following today’s death.

In addition 2,500 families suffered major property damage and losses.

“Many families have suffered losses in the floods, and the aid we had in provincial offices we have sent to the effected families,” said Aslam Siyas the ANDMA chief, Mohammad.

He said that according to their reports, the rain will continue for the coming days too. The potential floods will threaten a number of houses.

A report by INFORM, a global risk assessment firm that focuses on humanitarian crises and disasters, says that Afghanistan is one of the most vulnerable countries in the world.

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