Severe floods threaten millions of people in Afghanistan, 600 homes destroyed and 3,000 damaged

The severe flood affecting Afghanistan in recent weeks has claimed the lives of at least 56 people, as of April 21, 2020. Authorities warn that more than 7 million people are still at risk.

The provinces of Badakhshan, Badgis, Baghlan, Farah, Faryab, Parvan, Tahar and the mountains suffered the most.

According to media reports, at least 56 people have died in recent weeks, and 31 have been injured. A few more people are reported missing, so the search operation continues. About 600 houses were destroyed and more than 3,000 partially damaged.

Ahmad Tamim Azimi, a spokesman for the Ministry of Disaster Management, noted that the ongoing severe floods pose a threat to approximately seven million people, adding that approximately 25 percent of them are in a dangerous situation.

“We have classified seven million flood-affected people. The first category is 1,029,000 people who need urgent help.”

He continued: “The second category is three million people, and the third is 300,000.”

To avoid the risk of floods in residential areas, Azimi said the ministry plans to create artificial river banks, canals and stone walls around rivers in five zones in various provinces.

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