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Flash floods kill18 people in Afghanistan

Flash floods kill18 people in Afghanistan

Flash floods kill18 people in Afghanistan
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KABUL: Flash floods and storms killed at least 18 people in multiple districts of Afghanistan during the last five days, an official said Wednesday.

Every year, tens of thousands of Afghans are killed by heavy rains, mainly in poorer rural regions where poorly constructed homes are at risk of collapsing.

Sharafuddin Muslim, Deputy Minister for Disaster Management, said the recent deluges devastated the provinces of Faryab and Parwan, as well as other areas.

In a video message, Muslims stated that “18 to 20 individuals have been slain throughout 10 provinces” and that “over 100 houses have been demolished.”

Two individuals are still missing, and 30 more have been hurt.

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He said that relief teams with tents and food have been dispatched to the impacted areas, and that officials are providing cash to the relatives of those slain.

Foreign-funded humanitarian and disaster relief initiatives have dropped substantially since the Taliban retook power in August last year.

Western countries are concerned that any support may be hijacked by Kabul’s new leadership in order to strengthen their grip on power.

As a result, rescue attempts have fallen to the Taliban, who have been fighting an insurgency for the last two decades and have limited expertise in emergency situations.

The flooding this year coincided with the country’s Eid al-Fitr celebrations, which began on Saturday after the fasting month of Ramadan finished.

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