Disasters & Accidents

Afghan flash floods death toll rises to 78

Kabul, May 8 (EFE).- The death toll due to flash floods in Afghanistan reached 78 on Saturday, with 32 people still missing, officials said.

More than 2,600 houses were also partially or fully damaged in days of heavy rains that battered the war-ravaged country earlier this week.

“We have so far found 78 dead bodies. Thirty-two people are still missing while another 30 are injured,” disaster management ministry Tamim Azimi told EFE.

Azimi said rescue teams were in the affected provinces to locate the missing people even amid diminishing hopes to find them alive.

Western Herat province is the worst affected, where 22 have died in torrential rains.

The flooding has displaced hundreds of families, Azimi said.

More than 5,000 acres of farmland got destroyed, and more than 3,600 livestock perished in the days of floods and rains.

The flooding has also damaged highways and roads, blocking key supply lines in some areas.

“We have sent heavy machinery to clean and open the closed roads and highways,” Azimi said.

The authorities are currently relief to the affected families.

“Those who lost a family member are receiving 50,000 afghanis ($650) and the family of an injured 25,000 afghanis,” he said. EFE

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