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Hundreds natural disaster affected families receive aids

AT News Report-KABUL: State Minister for Disaster Management (SMDM) in a joint venture with the international charity institutions distributed relief items and cash to 684 affected families in 15 provinces after a series of devastating natural disasters that have struck the country recent weeks.

SMDM in a statement said due to heavy rainfalls some 151 houses partly destroyed, 32 completely destroyed, 140 animals died, 950 families displaced and over 100 acres of land destroyed in different areas of Parwan, Kapisa, Panjshir, Bamyan, Daykundi, Maidan Wardak, Badakhshan, Faryab, Herat, Farah, Ghor, Kandahar, Ghazni and Kunar provinces.

Nine people have so far been killed in these natural disasters, five wounded and three others are still missing, the statement added.

In order to help these families, the SMDM in cooperation with the international charity organization distributed relief items, food and cash to 684 families.

These humanitarian assistances would be continued in these provinces.

On 13 February, at least five people have died, hundred houses destroyed and roads washed away after heavy rains led to torrential flooding in the western Afghanistan’s provinces.

Two were killed in western Herat province, while three in Farah after floods smacked their houses.

In a statement, SMDM in that time said the floods occurred in Kuhsan, Zindajan, Guzara, Enjil and Karukh districts. It also confirmed that over 500 homes have been damaged in Herat alone.

Provincial governor spokesman, Jelani Farhad said heavy rain and snow caused closure of highways.

Herat officials said due to heavy rain and snow, flights into and out of Herat have been cancelled and the Herat-Islam Qala, Herat-Torghondi and Herat-Kandahar highways have been closed. 

A team has been assigned to quickly help floods victim families, said Mohammad Aslam Sayas, deputy of Afghanistan National Disaster Management Authority. “The team was tasked to assess financial and human losses from recent floods.”

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