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Deadly rainfall and flash floods strike Afghanistan and Pakistan


Kabul: According to Afghanistan’s Ministry of Disaster Management, heavy rains and floods in various regions of the country over the past week have resulted in the deaths of at least 70 people, with 56 others sustaining injuries. The floods have also caused extensive damage to 2,627 houses, both partially and fully, while more than 600 livestock have perished, as reported by the state-run Bakhtar News Agency, citing the ministry’s report. The weather agency has forecasted that the ongoing rainfall will persist until Sunday.

Meanwhile, nearly 100 people were killed and dozens of others injured in rain-triggered incidents after heavy rains and floods hit the northwestern and southwestern parts of Pakistan.

According to the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) of Pakistan, heavy rains caused flash floods in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), Balochistan, and Punjab provinces and Pakistan-administered Jammu and Kashmir, also known as Azad Jammu and Kashmir.

So far, 98 people have been killed and 89 others injured in these areas during the last week due to collapsing structures, according to the NDMA’s latest report.

Some 3,261 houses were also damaged, with 536 fully destroyed.

In a separate statement, the NDMA warned that the ongoing rains will continue until April 22nd, potentially flooding the Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa regions.

They also predicted heavy rain from April 25th to 29th and urged the public to stay away from weak infrastructure and refrain from driving or walking in waterways.

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