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Heavy Rains, Flash Floods Kill 47 in 11 Provinces of Afghanistan

At least 47 people have died, and 57 others have been injured in the last week’s flooding in eleven provinces of Afghanistan, according to the state Ministry for Disaster Management.

“At least 47 people have died, and 57 more have been wounded due to recent flooding in Maidan Wardak, Kabul, Kunar, Pakita, Khost, Nuristan, Nangarhar, Ghazni, Paktika, and Helmand,” according to Shafiullah Rahimi, head of the Ministry’s media office.

According to Faizullah Jalali Stanikzai, the provincial director for the Natural Disaster Management Authority, the Wardak province has experienced its deadliest natural disaster with 32 deaths, including 23 in the Jalrez district early on Sunday.

The official noted that besides killing people, the floods destroyed or severely damaged 500 residential houses and agricultural lands.

“456 livestock were also killed, 940 residential houses destroyed, and more than 500 acres of farmland and orchards washed away,” Rahimi said.

At least nine people died, and seven others were injured due to flash floods in Parwan Province on Tuesday, Sayed Hekmatullah Shamim said on Wednesday.

Afghanistan is among the most vulnerable countries against natural disasters, including floods, earthquakes, avalanches, landslides and drought.