Wet spell claimed 160 lives, damaging hundreds of homes

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani, ordering the relevant organs to take effective measures for the prevention of possible floods, on Tuesday said at least 160 people had been killed by recent snowfall and avalanches across the country.

President Ghani, in a video message, said that the country had been lashed by heavy snowfalls in the recent days. The snowfall and rain caused casualties, but he hoped the wet spell would fill water reservoirs and benefit crops, he added.

“We should thank God for His blessing and view it (snowfall) as a good omen,” Ghani said, regretting the concomitant life and financial losses.

According to his information, 160 people have been killed and hundreds of residential buildings destroyed by snow, mostly in Nuristan, Badakhshan, Parwan and Ghazni provinces since January 20.

Government institutions were doing their best to distribute essential aid to the affected people and rescue those buried under snow, the president said. More than a thousand people were rescued in Ghazni and roads and highways reopened in various parts of the country, he explained.

“Natural disasters cause casualties in every country, but it may cause more losses in Afghanistaninfo-icon due to our limited resources. The war imposed on us has naturally curtailed our resources and we may not deliver all the services needed by affected people,” he remarked.

Ghani asked charity organisations and well-off individuals to help the affected families. “People should heed warnings of possible natural disasters and coordinate with government organs,” he stressed.

The president added there was a possibility of floods in the spring, an issue people and relevant state organs should be careful about. “We should not rule out this possibility at the end of the winter; we have to be prepared,” he said.

Ghani asked all people to save water as climate change posed a serious threat. He urged fateha khwani on coming Friday for those who lost their lives to snowstorms.

A day earlier, officials said 119 people were died and 89 others injured by snowfall in the country over the past 74 hours.

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