KABUL (Tolo News): The death toll from the recent flash floods in Afghanistan has risen to 151 as rescue workers are trying to recover more victims from the debris. The floods hit Parwan, Kapisa, Panjshir, Maidan Wardak, Logar, Paktia, Paktika, Nuristan, Nangarhar, Laghman, Khost and Ghazni provinces.
Parwan province, with 93 deaths and 110 injured, leads the affected areas in casualties. According to government statistics, 1,500 houses were damaged in these provinces and massive economic damage has been done.
“The assessment and response team was sent to Surobi district in coordination with the governor of Kabul and also PD8 of Kabul city,” said Mohammad Qasim Haidari, deputy state minister for national disaster management.
Meanwhile, residents in Surobi district of Kabul have said that over 20 people were killed and wounded in the recent floods in the district. They said that 70 houses were destroyed in the flooding. “We do not have bread, we do not have houses, our house was ruined by the water, we spent the whole night under the rain,” said Jamila, a resident in Surobi. “No assistance came through and no money was distributed,” said Mujahid, a resident in Surobi. Floods have also affected several place on the Kabul-Jalalabad highway.
“I saw three people die of floods and six others were wounded,” said Mohammad Yasin, a taxi driver on Kabul-Jalalabad highway. The Afghan government has said that relief and rescue efforts are underway. According to local officials, most of the victims are women and children.
Floods were also reported in Nuristan in the east and Logar province–in central Afghanistan–in the past 24 hours but no information about casualties and damages has been provided. Resolute Support in a tweet said that ANDSF and NATO’s Resolute Support provided critically needed food and water to the flash flood victims of Charikar, Parwan Province.
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 on Tuesday 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.
Afghanistan’s Meteorological Department has forecast more rains in Nangarhar, Kabul and the Wakhan area of northern Badakhshan province in the next 24 hours. This comes as flash floods hit several provinces of Afghanistan in the past 24 hours killing over 110 people and injuring more than 150, by latest reports.
The Afghanistan Meteorological Department claimed that it had warned on Tuesday 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.
“They did not provide us any information before, but now they claim that they informed us. If they had informed us, the people wouldn’t have suffered this major devastation,” said Wahab Khan, a survivor. The Meteorological Department says that the recent floods in Afghanistan are caused by climate change.
“Floods are expected in some parts of Nangarhar, Kunar and some areas in Badakhshan in the next 24 hours,” said Mohammad Juma, a member of Afghan Meteorological Department. Officials of Afghanistan National Disaster Management Authority (ANDMA) have said that recent flooding in various regions of Afghanistan have left massive human and economic losses.
“We have taken a series of measures. 25,000 afs was distributed among the wounded people, 50,000 afs was distributed to the families of those killed in Parwan province where we had the majority of the casualties,” said Mohammad Qasim Haidari, the deputy State Minister of Natural Disaster Management. ANDMA said that the government is considering a 22 million afs fund for those affected by the recent floods in Parwan, adding that 313 villages across the country are facing imminent threats from natural disasters. Over 4,000 people were badly affected by the floods in Parwan, according to the government.