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Floods claim 47 lives, injure 57 in Afghanistan

Sweeping floods across 11 provinces in Afghanistan have claimed the lives of 47 people and injured another 57, according to the Taliban’s State Ministry for Disaster Management.

The provinces of Parwan, Maidan Wardak, Kabul, Kunar, Paktia, Khost, Nuristan, Nangarhar, Ghazni, Paktika, and Helmand have been devastated by floods between July 20th and 25th. The floods have caused severe damage to properties and infrastructure, and have claimed dozens of lives.

Shafiullah Rahimi, spokesperson of the state ministry for disaster management, said in a video message that the floods have not only claimed human lives, but have also resulted in the loss of 456 livestock and the destruction of 940 homes. The catastrophic event has also caused extensive damage to over 1,000 hectares of farmland and orchards.

Meanwhile, the Taliban’s meteorological department has warned about potential rainfall and flooding across 22 provinces.

In recent years, a combination of factors, including climate change, consecutive droughts, and deforestation has resulted in frequent occurrences of natural calamities, notably floods, across the country.