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19 people killed, scores injured in Kandahar, Helmand floods

19 people killed, scores injured in Kandahar, Helmand floods

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Mar 03, 2019 - 19:25

KANDAHAR CITY, LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): At least 19 persons, including womeninfo-icon and children have been killed and 42 others injured as result of flash floods in southern Helmand and Kandahar provinces, officials said on Sunday.

Kandahar Civil Healthinfo-icon Hospital Department head Dr. Abdul Qauyyom Pukhla told Pajhwok Afghan News that 12 people were killed and 35 others including women and children injured due to recent heavy rainfall which resulted in flood in the province.

He has confirmed receiving some injured folks, including women and children from Arghandab, Daman, Spin Boldak, and Miawand districts at Mirwais Hospital and some of them were discharged after their treatment.

Six teams equipped with medicines and ambulances have been dispatched to the effected places, he added.

The teams had distributed medicines among 271 patients, including children in several districts of the province, he said.

On the other, the provincial sectorial department head Abdul Hakim Hakimi told Pajhwok that 397 families had been affected as result of heavy rainfall and floods in Kandahar city, the provincial capital while 1,575 homes in different districts damaged and families displaced.

He said Afghan National Defence and Security Forces (ANDSF) has rescued dozens of people trapped in flood.

 Masood Ahmad Pashton, the of the Natural Disaster Management Authority, said food items and other assistance had been provided to 1, 200 effected families at Kandahar Agricultureinfo-icon University.

Newly appointed Governor Hayatullah Hayat urged the authorities concerned and NGOs to provide emergency assistance to affected families in Kandahar City and districts.

Saddiq Esa, spokesman for the Atal Corps, said dozens of families had been taken to safe places in Arghistan, Panjwai, Daman, Shah Walikot districts by through helicopters.

He said women and children among more than 300 persons and 250 livestock shifted to secure places by army rescue teams.

On the other hand, national traders Hekmat Khadman and Haji Seddiqui also shared some humanitarian aids with the effected families.

Hekmat Khadman has rented a hall for the effected families where he had provided food items along with other facilities.

In Helmand, the heavy rainfall triggered flood which wreaked havoc and inflicted financial and other losses to the residents.

Omar Zwak, the governor’s spokesman, said hundreds of houses and thousands acres of land have been destroyed in the recent floods in the province.

He said six persons have been killed and seven others injured in the floods.

The concerned authorities have provided assistance to the effected families, Zwak added.

Ahmad Aka, a resident of the Bost Kala of Lashkargah, said he has been rescued by the ANA personnel and urged the government to help them further.

A number of others effected families held similar views and urged the government to help them, at the earliest possible.

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