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Floods to threaten 7m Afghans this year: Ministry

Floods to threaten 7m Afghans this year: Ministry

Apr 22, 2020 - 16:53

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Natural Disaster Management Ministry says forecasts show seven million people will be affected by rains and floods this year in 25 provinces.

Tamim Azimi, the ministry spokesman, told Pajhwok Afghan News on Wednesday that they had stored food and non-food items to deal with emergency situation.

He said recent rains and subsequent flooding killed 58 people and injured 37 others and affected more than 5000 homes in 27 provinces.

“The last month rains partially damaged 3000 homes in Heart, Nuristan, Farah, Badakhshan, Logar, Kunar, Maidan Wardak, Khost and 19 other provinces, inundated 3000 acres of land, destroyed 37 mosques and one school.”

The weather also killed 210 household animals and washed away 245 kilometers of roads.

Azimi said families of those killed in the natural disaster were given 50000 afghanis each and those injured 25,000 afghanis each. One thousand bags of wheat, one thousand bags of rice and one thousand liters of cooking oil were distributed to the affected  families in Azra district of Logar.

He said forecasts showed there would be heavy raining in 23 provinces this year and flooding would affect more than seven million people in 25 provinces.

He said one billion afghanis had been set aside for dealing with weather related incidents. “Last year, rain induced floods affected 24000 families, but this year only 4500 people were affected.”



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