Severe flash floods hit Afghanistan, leaving at least 22 people dead

afghanistan on may 4 2022 suomi npp satellite image

At least 22 people have died and 40 others have been injured after severe flash floods hit parts of Afghanistan over the past couple of days.

According to Hassibullah Shekhani, head of communications and information at Afghanistan’s National Disaster Management Authority, heavy rainfall caused floods and landslides in 12 provinces, leaving 22 people dead and 40 others injured.

Shekhani said 500 houses were destroyed, 2 000 damaged, 300 head of livestock killed, and some 1 200 ha (3 000 acres) of crops damaged.

The affected provinces include Kandahar, Helmand, Herat, Badakhshan, Takhar, Parwan, Kunduz, Maidan Wardak, Baghlan, Faryab, and Jawzjan.

The worst affected are the western provinces of Badghis and Faryab and the northern province of Baghlan.

The prime minister of neighboring Pakistan asked the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to step up its efforts through the Afghan Humanitarian Trust Forum to aid the Afghan people, warning that the number of fatalities will rise if prompt action is not taken.

afghanistan on may 4 2022 suomi npp satellite image
Image credit: NASA/NOAA Suomi NPP/VIIRS, The Watchers. Acquired on May 5, 2022

References:

1 Pakistan to dispatch emergency relief goods for flood-hit Afghanistan – AFP/REUTERS – May 5, 2022

Featured image: NASA/NOAA Suomi NPP/VIIRS, The Watchers

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