7 dead as floods hit Khost, Nuristan
KHOST CITY/JALALABAD (PAN): At least seven people, including women and children, were killed by flash floods which wreaked havoc in southeastern Khost and eastern Nuristan provinces, officials said on Saturday.
The still continuing heavy rains that began late on Friday led to devastating flooding in various parts of Khost, leaving seven people dead and inundating thousands of acres of agriculture lands.
Natural Disaster Management Director Eng. Akbar told Pajhwok Afghan News the dead included women and children, who drowned in floodwaters in Sabari, Bak, Maton, Mata and China areas.
He said similar disasters might have been occurred in other parts, but they did not know as yet because telephonic connections in most areas had broken.
A Sabari district resident, Zahir Jan, said five of the eight people drowned were rescued by residents and security forces. The remaining three were fished out dead, he said.
The governor’s spokesman, Mubariz Zadran, also confirmed seven people had died in floods which hit many areas.
He said an emergency meeting was called at the provincial natural disaster management department in order to discuss relief supplies for the affected families.
In Nuristan, several homes were destroyed and large swaths of agriculture fields damaged as a result of flash floods in the Doab and Barg-i-Matal districts.
Governor Tamim Nuristani said the floods had destroyed dozens of homes and swept away crops spread over hundreds of acres of land.
He said more than 24 homes were destroyed in the Doab district lone, saying no report about life losses had so far been received. He directed the authorities to take immediate action in assisting the affected families.
However, the provincial council deputy chief, Amanullah Inayatur Rahman, said more one a hundreds homes had been destroyed and more than 50 household animal perished by the foods.
He said a child had been missing after he drowned in floodwaters, appealing to the central and provincial authorities to be fast in dispatching relief supplies.
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