Flash Floods Kill at Least 68 People in Afghanistan

Flash Floods Kill at Least 68 People in Afghanistan
Damaged houses after heavy flooding in Ghor province in western Afghanistan on May 18, 2024. (Omid Haqjoo/AP Photo)
The Associated Press

ISLAMABAD—Flash floods from heavy seasonal rains have killed at least 68 people in Afghanistan, Taliban representatives said Saturday, adding the death toll was based on preliminary reports.

In the hard-hit western province of Ghor, 50 people were reported dead, said Abdul Wahid Hamas, spokesman for the provincial governor. He also said the province has suffered significant financial losses after thousands of homes and properties were damaged and hundreds of hectares of agricultural land destroyed following Friday’s floods, including the capital city Feroz Koh.

Meanwhile, 18 people in the northern province of Farayab were killed and two others injured on Friday, according to Esmatullah Moradi, the provincial governor’s spokesman. Damages to property and land were reported across four districts and over 300 animals were killed, he added.

The U.N. food agency World Food Programme (WFP) posted on social media platform X, saying Ghor was the most affected by the floods where 2500 families were impacted. WFP assessment teams are on the ground to deploy assistance, the post said.

Last week, WFP said heavy rains in Afghanistan have killed more than 300 people and destroyed thousands of houses, mostly in the northern province of Baghlan, which bore the brunt of floods on May 10.

The latest disaster came on the heels of devastating floods that killed at least 70 people in April. The waters also destroyed about 2,000 homes, three mosques and four schools in western Farah and Herat, and southern Zabul and Kandahar provinces.