Floods in Afghanistan have killed more than 300 people as water and mud washed over villages in Afghanistan.


More than 300 people have been killed in floods in several provinces of Afghanistan, the UN's World Food Program said, as officials declared a state of emergency and rushed to rescue the injured.

Scores of people are missing after torrential rains on Friday flooded villages and farmland in several provinces, prompting what an aid group called a “major humanitarian emergency”. gave

Survivors were picked up from muddy, debris-strewn streets and damaged buildings on Saturday as authorities and non-governmental groups deployed aid workers and aid, warning that some areas had been cut off by flooding.

According to the World Food Programme, northern Baghlan province was one of the hardest hit, with just over 300 people killed, and thousands of houses damaged or destroyed.

“On current information: there have been 311 deaths, 2,011 houses destroyed and 2,800 houses damaged in Baghlan province,” said Rana Deraz, the UN agency's communications officer in Afghanistan.

Death tolls provided by the government and humanitarian agencies varied.

The United Nations' International Organization for Migration said on Saturday that 218 people had died in Baghlan. Interior Ministry spokesman Abdul Matin Qani told Agence France-Presse that 131 people have been killed in Baghlan, but the government's toll may increase.

He said many people are still missing.

He added that 20 more people have been killed in northern Takhar province and two in neighboring Badakhshan.

Heavy floods kill several people in northern Afghanistan – video

Taliban government spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said on Twitter/X: “Hundreds of our fellow citizens have died due to these devastating floods.”

He added: “Floods have caused extensive damage to residential properties, resulting in substantial financial losses.”

Officials said heavy rains caused heavy damage in Baghlan, Takhar and Badakhshan, as well as western Ghor and Herat provinces, in a country heavily dependent on poverty and agriculture.

Jan Mohammad Din Mohammad, a resident of Pul Khamri, Baghlan's provincial capital, said, “My house and my whole life was swept away by the flood.

His family managed to flee to higher ground but when the weather cleared and they returned home, “there was nothing left, all my belongings and my house were destroyed”, he said.

“I don't know where to take my family … I don't know what to do.”

Emergency personnel were rushing to rescue wounded and trapped Afghans. The air force said it had started evacuation operations as soon as the skies cleared on Saturday, adding that more than 100 injured have been shifted to hospitals.

“By declaring a state of emergency [affected] In the regions, the Ministry of National Defense has started distribution of food, medicine and first aid to the affected people.

A vehicle loaded with food and water was seen in Baghlan-central district of Baghlan, as well as other people being taken dead for burial.

Bodies of Afghans who died in floods in northern Afghanistan's Baghlan province on Saturday have been laid on the ground. Photo: Mehrab Ibrahimi/AP

UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, “expresses his solidarity with the people of Afghanistan. [and] Condolences to the families of the victims”, said his spokesman Stephane Dujarric, adding that the UN was working with local authorities to provide assistance.

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) was also preparing for a rapid response, adding that the floods should act as a “wake-up call” reminding world leaders and donors that the decades-long Don't forget a country ravaged by conflict and natural disasters.

“These latest floods have created a major humanitarian emergency in Afghanistan, which is still reeling from a series of earthquakes this year” and severe flooding in March, said IRC country director Salma Bin Issa.

Since mid-April, flash floods and other floods have killed nearly 100 people in Afghanistan's 10 provinces, officials said.

Farming is swamped in a country where 80% of over 40 million people depend on agriculture for survival.

Afghanistan – which had relatively dry winters, making it more difficult for the soil to absorb rain – is highly vulnerable to climate change.

The nation, devastated by four decades of war, is one of the world's poorest and, according to scientists, the most prepared to face the consequences of global warming.

The UN Special Representative for Human Rights in Afghanistan, Richard Bennett, said on Twitter/X that the floods were “a stark reminder of Afghanistan's vulnerability to the climate crisis”.

“There is a need for both immediate assistance and long-term planning by the Taliban and international actors.”

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