At least 200 people have died as a result of severe flooding in Afghanistan as a humanitarian emergency.

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Afghan relatives perform funeral prayers near the graves of victims who lost their lives as a result of floods in Baghlan-Makrakshi district of Afghanistan's northern Baghlan province on Saturday.


At least 200 people have been killed in floods in northern Afghanistan in recent days, the United Nations' International Organization for Migration (IOM) told CNN on Saturday.

An IOM communications officer said in a statement, citing the Afghanistan National Disaster Management Authority, that severe flooding has occurred in the northern provinces of Badakhshan, Ghor, Baghlan and Herat, which have also damaged around 2,000 houses.

The IOM, which is providing emergency assistance on the ground, said it expected the death toll to rise.

The International Rescue Committee (IRC), which is preparing an emergency response to the floods in seven provinces, put the death toll higher than the estimated death toll. More than 250 lives have been lost while “thousands” of people are stranded without access to services, the IRC said in a statement on Saturday.

“These latest floods have created a major humanitarian emergency in Afghanistan, following the earthquakes earlier this year, as well as the severe floods in March,” said Salma Bin Issa, IRC's Afghanistan director. It also suffers from.”

“Communities have lost entire families, while livelihoods have been lost,” he said.

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An Afghan man walks past his damaged house after severe flooding in Baghlan province on Saturday.

On Saturday, video obtained by news agency Reuters showed mourners burying the body in Baghlan province. A man named Gulbadin described losing several family members in the floods.

“I lost five members of my family, two sons, two daughters and their mother as a result of these devastating floods. We were standing on the other side of the flood, but we could not help them, and finally the flood took over the lives of our loved ones,” he recalled.

Video filmed by the news agency AFP shows residents of Laqai village in Baghlan province trying to clear rivers of mud outside their homes on Saturday. Villagers could be seen wading through deep pools of mud that caused extensive damage to houses.

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Afghan men remove mud from a house after floods.

The ruling Taliban acknowledged the “severe damage” caused by the floods in a statement posted on X on Saturday by Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid.

“Sadly, hundreds of our fellow citizens have lost their lives in these devastating floods, while scores of people have been injured. Additionally, the floods have caused widespread damage to residential properties, resulting in substantial financial losses. “The damage has been done,” said Mujahid.

Mujahid added that the Taliban has tasked its Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Disaster Management and local authorities to “use all available resources” to rescue trapped people, retrieve bodies and provide medical aid to the injured.

The flash floods have added to the recent series of natural disasters that the region has had to endure.

According to officials, more than 100 people died in April due to unseasonal rains and floods in Afghanistan and Pakistan. More than 600 animals also died.

Floods also swept away dozens in Afghanistan in July, less than three months after a 6.3-magnitude earthquake struck the western part of the country, killing thousands.

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