Editor in Chief: Moh. Reza Huwaida Tuesday, February 18th, 2020

Flash Floods Take Heavy Toll in Herat, Badghis

Flash Floods  Take Heavy Toll in Herat, Badghis

KABUL - Heavy flash floods generated by seasonal rainfalls badly affected different parts of Herat and Badghis provinces in the west of Afghanistan.
The flash floods started on Thursday afternoon and continued late at night, local officials said.
The officials said that at least 20 people were killed in the flash floods which randomly takes place in northern and western provinces over the past month.
Last month, at least 13 people lost their lives in flash floods in Herat.
Thousands of acres of agricultural land and hundreds of houses were damaged following heavy rains and flash floods, Herat governor’s office said in a statement last month.
Ghoryan, Koh Zor, Rubat Sangi, and Zinda Jan districts are mostly affected by the flash floods.
A report by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) released in March said that thousands of families have been affected by recent flash floods in the southern provinces of Kandahar and Helmand provinces and that they require humanitarian assistance.
The report says that 4,698 households and more than 33,000 people have been identified as requiring humanitarian assistance as a result of flooding in Kandahar province.
The report adds that 1,855 houses have been destroyed and 2,841 houses have been partially damaged by flooding in the southern provinces including Kandahar city.
According to the report, 1,092 families have been verified as requiring humanitarian assistance as a result of the flooding that began on 2 March 12, 2019, in four districts of Helmand province, including Nahr-e-Saraj, Nawa-e-Barakzai, Lashkragah, and Nad Ali.
In western Farah province, the report said, 3,205 households have been identified as affected by the floods and requiring humanitarian assistance.
Of these households, the report says, 1,601 homes have been destroyed and 1,604 have been partially damaged. (Tolo news)