Afghanistan – Over 30 Dead After Flash Floods in 11 Provinces

Flash flood damage Baghlan Afghanistan, May 2018. Photo: IOM Afghanistan

16 MAY, 2018


At least 34 people have died and 4 injured in flash floods in Afghanistan over the last 7 days.

The Afghanistan Natural Disaster Management Authority (ANDMA) reported that the flooding had affected 11 provinces. Around 600 animals have died, 240 houses destroyed and 624 houses damaged. Around 80 hectares of agricultural land was also severely damaged.

The affected provinces include Samangan, Takhar, Kapisa, Baghlan, Badakhshan, Badghis, Ghor, Panjshir, Sari Pul, Ghazni and Parwan provinces.

ANDMA says it will carry out damage assessments in order to assist affect communities. So far relief supplies have been distributed to affected families in Parwan and Sari Pul.

20,000 Displaced by Droughts

While some areas deal with destructive flash floods, many areas of the country are still struggling with drought conditions after an unusually dry winter.

In a report of 14 May, 2018, UNOCHA said that “the number of people forced by drought to migrate within the country has reached more than 20,000 with the majority of them arriving in Hirat Province from Badghis and Ghor provinces. Humanitarian partners and authorities are providing emergency assistance.”


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