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Flood-hit Parwan families still pleading for help

KABUL (Tolo News): The residents of Parwan province in central Afghanistan who were hardly hit by last month’s flooding are expecting the government and aid organization to help them reconstruct their houses and afford their daily needs. Last month’s flooding in 14 provinces killed over 250 people, most of them in Parwan, and injured at least 300 others.

Almost a month has passed since heavy rains which followed heaving flooding killed 250 people and wounded 300 more in various provinces of Afghanistan including the central Parwan province. 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. At least 90 people were killed in Parwan flooding that affected over 4,000 families and destroyed over 1,000 houses in Charikar city, the center of the province.

President Ghani visited the province two weeks ago and pledged a resettlement plan in a week time, but Parwan residents said the local administration has not addressed the commitments. Sima, a Parwan resident who last her two sons in the fight against the Taliban and the third in the flood. She said that no one reached her for help after the flood.

“If you are not prepared to help, there is no need for this life,” she said. “We don’t have blankets and clothes. We don’t have a place to live. Sometimes we spent time in our relatives’ homes,” said Abdul Basir, a survivor of the flooding. “The government should reconstruct our houses,” said Zarina, a Parwan resident. Local officials did not comment about the Parwan residents’ claims.

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