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Natural Disasters Kill 700 in past year in Afghanistan

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At least 700 people have died, and hundreds more have been injured due to natural disasters in the past solar year across Afghanistan, officials from the State Ministry for Disaster Management said during their annual accountability report on Monday.

Shafiullah Rahimi, a spokesperson for the Ministry, said at a press conference that natural disasters killed almost 700 people and injured more than 700 others during this period.

Rahimi also noted that more than 20,000 residential houses have been completely and partially destroyed due to natural disasters in the country. 

Moreover, he added, “We have implemented 120 emergency and restorative projects.”

According to the Ministry’s report, natural disasters, including floods, have affected 20 provinces, and four others experienced earthquakes over the past year.

“This Ministry has recognized the natural disasters in the districts and 20 provinces faced high threats from floods, and four provinces faced earthquakes. Bamiyan, Daikundi, Badakhshan, Ghazni, Parwan and Baghlan witnessed avalanches,” he said.

Afghanistan is one of the most vulnerable countries in the world regarding natural disasters, including floods, earthquakes, avalanches, landslides and drought.

The lack of a proper management system and access to vulnerable areas has increased the destruction and effect of natural disasters in Afghanistan.