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Heavy Rains, Flash Floods Kill 13 People in Afghanistan

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Nizamuddin Rezahi
Nizamuddin Rezahi
Nizamuddin Rezahi is a journalist and editor for Khaama Press. You may follow him @nizamrezahi on Twitter.

Thirteen people were killed and eight others were injured due to persistent heavy rains and flash floods over the past couple of days in Afghanistan, Taliban officials said.

Shafiullah Rahimi, the spokesman of the state ministry for natural disaster management, said that at least 13 people were killed and 8 others were injured by heavy rains across the country.

Mr. Rahimi in a recorded video said that floods happened in Laghman, Paktia, Khost, Daikundi, Maidan Wardak, Qandahar, Baghlan, Nangarhar and Ghor provinces.

As per the findings of the Taliban’s state ministry for natural disaster management, due to flash floods caused by heavy rains at least 56 residential houses have been completely destroyed in the different parts of the country.

The spokesperson further added that certain water canals and waterways were destroyed and more than three thousand acres of agricultural land and fruit gardens have been ruined, adversely affecting the living conditions of the people.

Earlier, the United Nations and aid organizations had predicted that with the arrival of summer, followed by heavy rains and landslides, the people of Afghanistan would need emergency aid.

This comes as Afghan people are already grappling with dire economic and humanitarian crises. Security issues, food insecurity and unemployment have further complicated the conditions for the ordinary people since the overthrow of the previous regime in the hands of the Taliban in August 2021.

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