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Afghans join relief operation in flood-hit areas

KABUL (Tolo News): Afghans from various regions of the country have been contributing in the relief and rescue operation to help their countrymen after flash floods swept several provinces including Charikar city in the central province of Parwan. The tragedy forged by recent floods in Parwan left at least 110 people dead. At least 120 others were wounded.

Statistics by the Afghan State Ministry for Natural Disaster Management reveal that the overall death toll from the floods in the Afghanistan is about 160 people and 250 others were wounded. “We have allocated 15 million Afghanis to address the needs of the victims of the recent incident. The amount has been transferred for this purpose. We also supplied foodstuff to over 5,000 families,” said Ahmad Tamim Azimi, a spokesman for the State Ministry for Natural Disaster Management.

Meanwhile, a group of youth in Kabul launched street to street aid collection campaign to help the survival of the floods in Parwan and other areas. “Whenever an incident happens, solidarity is the most important thing that we need to consider. We are here today to show our sympathy and solidarity,” said Mahdi Mudabir, a campaigner.

“Today that we are in need of support, we should not ignore their voice, we have to demonstrate our presence and solidarity with them,” said Sakina Nayman, a volunteer. Also in Logar province, according to the local officials, dozens of families have been displaced following recent waves of heavy rains and floods. “We have lost everything. This aid is nothing to us,” said Abdul Saboor, a resident in Parwan.

Over 4,000 people were badly affected by the floods in Parwan, according to the government data. Floods were also reported in Kapisa, Kabul, Panjshir, Maidan Wardak, Logar, Paktia, Paktika, Nuristan, Nangarhar, Laghman, Khost and Ghazni provinces. The search for missing bodies under rubble is underway for the third day after floods swept the Charikar city in the central province of Parwan, leaving almost 100 people dead.

Many Parwan residents are still waiting for their relatives who are missing following the floods, according to TOLOnews’ Khalid Nikzad. Members of victims’ families said the rescue mission is slow and that the assistance to them has not been provided properly.

“I know people from our relatives and neighbors who are still missing,” said Wahidullah Ghafoori, a resident of Charikar city. “We call on the government to provide more help and send in more equipment to find those who are missing.” “They (officials) are only visiting the area and are not taking action to help the people,” said Abdul Salam, a resident of Charikar.

The floods also hit Kapisa, Panjshir, Maidan Wardak, Logar, Paktia, Paktika, Nuristan, Nangarhar, Laghman, Khost and Ghazni provinces, leaving over 150 dead, according to government data. Afghanistan’s Meteorological Department has forecast more rains in Nangarhar, Kabul and the Wakhan area of northern Badakhshan province in the next 24 hours. The department claimed that it had warned against heavy rains and flooding in the affected areas, including Parwan province. However, the people in the affected areas said they were not informed about the possibility of flooding and rainfalls. Over 4,000 people were badly affected by the floods in Parwan, according to the government data.

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