At least 18 people have died and around 40 others were injured as a result of recent floods in the provinces of Ghazni, Kandahar, and Herat, according to the State Ministry for Disaster Management.
A spokesman for the ministry, Mohammad Nasim Haqqani, stated that in addition to the deaths caused by the two days of flooding in three provinces, dozens of homes were also completely destroyed.
“During the last two days of flooding, which happened in different provinces of the country, unfortunately 18 people died--10 in Ghazni, 6 in Kandahar and two people in Herat. These floods also caused financial loss to the people,” he said.
According to ministry figures, 10 people died in Ghazni, 6 in Kandahar, and 2 in Herat.
Meanwhile, several families who were affected by the flooding said they had lost everything.
“The floods hit our house at one ‘clock last night. As you see, it destroyed our house and we don’t have a shelter to live in,” said Mujeebullah, a resident of Ghazni.
“They should help us in order to rebuild our houses, we do not want anything else,” Shireen, a member of the affected family told TOLOnews.
The Afghanistan Meteorological Authority (AMT) warned of possible rain, thunderstorms with flash floods, sandstorms and heavy winds on July 30-31 in Badakhshan, Kunar, Nuristan, Laghman, Nangarhar, Kabul, Ghazni, Zabul, Kandahar, Logar, Paktia and Paktika.
10-40 mm of rainfall in various areas is forecast, and sandstorms and heavy winds were forecast in Balkh, Herat, Farah, Helmand, Kandahar and Nimroz, with wind speeds 20-90 km/h, said meteorological department.