Flash floods casualties rise to over 100 in Kabul and Maidan Wardak

The Taliban’s State Ministry for Natural Disaster Management has reported that at least 31 people have been killed, 74 injured, and 41 others are missing due to flash flooding from heavy seasonal rains in Kabul and Maidan Wardak provinces.

Taliban’s governor’s office in the Maidan Wardak said on Saturday that heavy rains set off flash floods, killing at least 30 people and injuring 15 others. Districts of Jalrez, Chak, Sayed Abad, Nerkh, and Jaghatu were hit the hardest.

In Kabul’s Arghandi area, 10 people were killed and 20 others were injured.

Humanitarian aid was dispatched and rescue teams were busy conducting search and rescue operations, Zabihullah Mujahid, Taliban’s spokesperson, said in a tweet on Sunday.

Shafiullah Rahimi, Taliban’s spokesman for the State Ministry for Natural Disaster Management, stated that cases of flash flooding have also been witnessed in Paktia, Ghazni, Khost, Kunar, Nuristan, and Nangarhar provinces.

As a result of these recent natural disasters, some 604 homes were swept away, more than 250 livestock perished, and hundreds of square miles of agricultural land were ravaged, leaving families vulnerable and homeless.

Rahimi added that in the past four months, more than 200 people have died and nearly 320 others have been injured in a series of natural disasters that hit the country. Over 3,000 homes were destroyed or damaged, nearly 4,000 livestock died, and more than 41,000 acres of agricultural land were wrecked.

These devastating events have unfolded at a time when the country is reeling from a deteriorating economic and humanitarian crisis exacerbated by a lack of international funding.

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has recently warned that Afghanistan is grappling with temperatures rising faster than the