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Recent Floods in Afghanistan Claim 21 Lives, Destroy 100s of Houses

The Ministry of Disaster Management reported that in the past three days, as a result of flooding in seven provinces, 21 people have died and 19 others have been injured.

In addition to casualties, more than 800 houses have been destroyed and 500 livestock have perished.

Janan Saiq, the spokesperson for the Ministry of Disaster Management, said: "The Ministry of Disaster Management, in cooperation with the Disaster Response Commission, institutions, and organizations, has provided food, non-food items, and cash assistance to more than 50,000 affected families over the past three months, and this process continues for other affected compatriots."

This year 1403 (solar year), the flooding in various provinces of the country, especially the northern and eastern provinces, has been unprecedented compared to last year. The floods have claimed hundreds of lives and caused significant damage to thousands of others.

Meanwhile, in a recent report, UNICEF said that the recent floods have caused damage to the water supply system in the affected areas in addition to casualties and losses. The organization added that so far, they have provided access to sanitary water for 22,000 people in the flood-affected areas.

Daniel Timme, Chief, Communication & Advocacy at UNICEF Afghanistan, said: "We distribute 15 liters of water per person each day in the affected areas which amounts to more than half a million liters of safe drinking water.”

The World Health Organization (WHO) also described the situation of the affected individuals in the flood-affected areas as critical in its report and emphasized the need to deliver assistance to them.

The WHO further noted in this report: "The situation in the flood-affected provinces across northern, western, and northeastern Afghanistan remains critical, 
necessitating the urgent mobilization of additional resources to address the escalating humanitarian and health needs. Between May 10th and 23rd of this year, WHO Afghanistan has mobilized over 200 tonnes of medicines and medical supplies from various warehouses to support both mobile and static healthcare delivery points.”
"No aid has reached our district. People here are poor and needy. Some families even lack the ability to find bread," Abdul Bari, an affected individual from Nimroz, told TOLOnews.

But what should be done to prevent sudden flood damage in the country?

"To combat these incidents and to empower communities and people against these incidents, joint work of institutions is needed. Primarily, the responsibility lies with our government agencies, which should have long-term programs and projects in this regard," Ezatullah Siddiqi, Deputy Director of the National Environmental Protection Agency, told TOLOnews.

This comes as in the past two weeks, devastating floods in eleven provinces of the country have claimed the lives of more than 300 people and destroyed hundreds of residential houses and thousands of acres of agricultural land.

Recent Floods in Afghanistan Claim 21 Lives, Destroy 100s of Houses

In addition to casualties, more than 800 houses have been destroyed and 500 livestock have perished.

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The Ministry of Disaster Management reported that in the past three days, as a result of flooding in seven provinces, 21 people have died and 19 others have been injured.

In addition to casualties, more than 800 houses have been destroyed and 500 livestock have perished.

Janan Saiq, the spokesperson for the Ministry of Disaster Management, said: "The Ministry of Disaster Management, in cooperation with the Disaster Response Commission, institutions, and organizations, has provided food, non-food items, and cash assistance to more than 50,000 affected families over the past three months, and this process continues for other affected compatriots."

This year 1403 (solar year), the flooding in various provinces of the country, especially the northern and eastern provinces, has been unprecedented compared to last year. The floods have claimed hundreds of lives and caused significant damage to thousands of others.

Meanwhile, in a recent report, UNICEF said that the recent floods have caused damage to the water supply system in the affected areas in addition to casualties and losses. The organization added that so far, they have provided access to sanitary water for 22,000 people in the flood-affected areas.

Daniel Timme, Chief, Communication & Advocacy at UNICEF Afghanistan, said: "We distribute 15 liters of water per person each day in the affected areas which amounts to more than half a million liters of safe drinking water.”

The World Health Organization (WHO) also described the situation of the affected individuals in the flood-affected areas as critical in its report and emphasized the need to deliver assistance to them.

The WHO further noted in this report: "The situation in the flood-affected provinces across northern, western, and northeastern Afghanistan remains critical, 
necessitating the urgent mobilization of additional resources to address the escalating humanitarian and health needs. Between May 10th and 23rd of this year, WHO Afghanistan has mobilized over 200 tonnes of medicines and medical supplies from various warehouses to support both mobile and static healthcare delivery points.”
"No aid has reached our district. People here are poor and needy. Some families even lack the ability to find bread," Abdul Bari, an affected individual from Nimroz, told TOLOnews.

But what should be done to prevent sudden flood damage in the country?

"To combat these incidents and to empower communities and people against these incidents, joint work of institutions is needed. Primarily, the responsibility lies with our government agencies, which should have long-term programs and projects in this regard," Ezatullah Siddiqi, Deputy Director of the National Environmental Protection Agency, told TOLOnews.

This comes as in the past two weeks, devastating floods in eleven provinces of the country have claimed the lives of more than 300 people and destroyed hundreds of residential houses and thousands of acres of agricultural land.

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