Rescuers face problems as flood toll surges
SHIBERGHAN (Pajhwok): As the death toll from devastating floods in north and northwestern provinces surged to 135, rescuers said on Wednesday they were facing problems in evacuating victims.
Recent flash floods left 43 people dead in Faryab, 10 in Sar-i-Pul and eight in Badghis, provincial officials said. At least 69 people were killed and dozens, including women and children, have been missing in Jawzjan.
Police chief, Faqir Mohammad Jawzjani, told Pajhwok Afghan News army helicopters had been evacuating marooned people to safer areas. Some of the displaced have taken refuge in seminaries while others are living under the open sky.
He said rescue teams were facing problems because some areas were inaccessible. A clear damage assessment might take some time, he added.
Abdul Shakoor, an aid worker, confirmed rescue teams were searching for the missing persons. Aid agencies had started providing relief to 2,000 flood-affected families, he said.
However, local officials said a total of 5,000 families had been affected by the floods and immediate assistance of food, blanket and medicine was being extended to the victims.
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