Photo: Bakhtar News Agency

Local Taliban officials in the Parwan province of northern Afghanistan say that devastating and turbulent floods in the districts of Shinwari and Syagird have claimed at least 31 lives and injured 17 more.

According to the Taliban-controlled Bakhtar state news agency, the death toll is subject to an increase as with the floods, scores of people have gone missing in addition to the fatalities and injuries.

Numerous residential homes and hundreds of acres of farming fields have reportedly been devastated in this province, according to local sources, and the Parwan-Bamyan highway has been closed to traffic as a result of the flood.

The Parwan province is one of the mountainous provinces in Afghanistan, home to the Hindu Kush mountain range, and occasionally some of its districts experience flooding as a result of torrential rain.

Today’s heavy rains and flooding have also affected several other Afghan provinces, including Nangarhar province in the east and Panjshir province in the north.

Meanwhile, 22 provinces across the country may experience heavy rain and flash floods tomorrow, according to the Afghanistan Department of Meteorology, where meteorologists also issued a warning for the possible flash floods in different provinces, including Parwan.

Author

  • Saqalain Eqbal is an Online Editor for Khaama Press. He is a Law graduate from The American University of Afghanistan (AUAF).