Rain-induced floods cause losses in Paktika
SHARANA (Pajhwok): Recent rains and flooding destroyed at least 45 homes and caused huge losses to residents in the provincial capital and some districts of southeastern Paktika province, an official said on Saturday.
Provincial Natural Disaster Management Authority head Abdul Hadi told Pajhwok Afghan News 45 homes were destroyed by floods in the Wor Mamy district alone. He said floods emerged in various other areas, but they had no exact information about the losses.
Abdul Hadi said a joint commission had been appointed and tasked with assessing the damage ahead of providing assistance to the affected families.
A resident of Sharan, Noorani, told Pajhwok Afghan News flash floods damaged houses, roads and crops besides the provincial capital in Yousafkhel, Mata Khan and Sararoza districts. He said some animals belonging to Kuchi (nomad) families had also perished in these floods.
“The rains followed strong windstorm that damaged orchards of apple and other fruits,” the resident said.
A resident of Mata Khan district, Haji Musa Khan, told Pajhwok Afghan News that flooding had destroyed standing crops on large swaths of land in the town. “The floods ruined people’s hard work and left them in shock.”
Floods have also wreaked havoc in various other provinces recently hit by heavy rains.
Meanwhile, residents of Pul-i-Charkhi area on eastern outskirts of Kabul City said severe flooding had threatened a key bridge in the area.
Resident Haji Sangin said the flooding damaged a mosque and threatened the bridge which lacked the capacity to afford heavy flooding.
He said vehicles could not cross the bridge because some of its parts had been washed away, creating problems for local people. He urged the government to repair the bridge at the earliest.
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