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Flash floods kill dozens in Afghanistan


Kabul: At least ten people, including women and children, died in flooding in seven provinces of the country that started on Thursday night.

Residents of Gardez city, the capital of Paktia, said that the floods came on Thursday night and harmed the residents of this city.

It has caused a lot of damage, destroyed the houses, and destroyed the home appliances,” said Abdul Saboor, a Gardez city resident.

The flood victims said that flood destroyed everything they had, and they are homeless now.

“It was 9PM at night and that flood came and took the whole house. We just saved ourselves now we are asking aid agencies to help us,” said Mohammad Wali, a Gardez resident.

The deputy minister for Disaster Management said that heavy rains are the reason for flooding in Paktia, Khost, Logar, Ghazni, Maidan Wardak, Parwan and Kapisa provinces on Thursday. 

“The flooding occurred in seven provinces of the country on Friday and has caused human and financial loss,” said Sharafuldden Muslim, deputy minister of Disaster Management.

As the result of these floods, the roads in these provinces were temporarily closed.

Public roads from Kabul to Ghazni, from Maidan Wardak to Jalrez district, Bamiyan to Parwan, and Paktia to Logar were closed for traffic.

According to the Ministry for Disaster Management, hundreds of houses were destroyed and the crops from thousands of acres of farmers’ land have also been destroyed.

Meanwhile The Department of Meteorology warned about the possibility of floods in the country in the next days.

According to Afghanistan Meteorological Department there is the possibility of heavy rain with floods and strong winds with dust today and tomorrow in 21 provinces of the country.

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