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Heavy rains and flash flooding damage hundreds of homes across Afghanistan

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) has reported that heavy rains and flooding in Afghanistan have affected over 700 families. 

“As spring starts, heavy rains and flash flooding have already affected some 645 families across 7 provinces in Afghanistan,” UNOCHA said in a tweet on Tuesday.

According to UNOCHA’s initial reports, 100 families were impacted in central Uruzgan province on March 28. “Flood impact assessments are ongoing in Zari, Balkh Province, while response continues in other flood-affected provinces,” UNOCHA added. 

UNOCHA said that the aid agencies are working to assess the impact and provide relief, but the UN organization notes that limited funding is constraining their ability to scale up efforts.

Last year in September, the organization reported that Afghanistan was severely affected by flash flooding in central, eastern, and southern regions. Floods affected an estimated 15,875 people with over 5,600 houses either destroyed or damaged across Kunar, Laghman, Logar, Maidan Wardak, Nangarhar, Nuristan, Paktya, Kandahar, Zabul, Uruzgan, and Parwan provinces.