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Widespread flooding hits Afghanistan, leaving 22 people dead, 10 missing

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At least 22 people have lost their lives as widespread flooding hit Afghanistan over the past couple of days, the country's disaster management authority (ANDMA) reported Tuesday, May 4, 2021. More than 200 homes have been damaged or destroyed, as well as wide swaths of farmland. 10 people are still missing.

Heavy rains from Sunday, May 2, caused flooding that affected several provinces of the country, including Badakhshan, Daikundi, Bamyan, Khost, Samangan, Baghlan, Maidan Wardak, Ghor, and Herat. 

Preliminary reports show that at least 44 homes have been destroyed and 197 have been damaged. Wide swaths of orchards and farmlands have also been affected.

ANDMA reported at least 22 fatalities, all of them in the province of Herat, while 10 people are missing in nine provinces. Hundreds of livestock have also been killed in the floods.

The disaster management has started relief efforts in the affected areas, while search and operations are ongoing to locate the missing victims.

The Afghan Meteorological Department expects severe weather until Wednesday, May 5. Warnings for heavy rain, thunderstorm, and flash floods remain in place, particularly for the northern and central provinces.

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