Central Afghanistan Floods Claim Six Lives and Leave Dozens of Homes Destroyed, Reports Local Authorities
According to the spokesperson for the Taliban governor in central Ghor province, Abdul Wahid Hamas, a tragic incident unfolded on Tuesday when heavy flooding engulfed the town of Firozkoh. As a result, a house was swept away, leading to the unfortunate demise of three women and a child. The devastating floods have caused significant damage, with numerous homes in the area being washed away.
Fatalities and Extensive Damage Reported in Pasaband District, Central Afghanistan Floods
Hamas further disclosed that in Pasaband district, located within the same province, a man and a woman were also swept away by the floods and tragically found lifeless. Additionally, another individual remains missing, heightening concerns for their safety.
The flood’s devastating impact has extended beyond the loss of life. Over 100 houses have been destroyed, leaving families displaced, while approximately 200 hectares (500 acres) of vital agricultural land have been ravaged. Furthermore, the canals essential for irrigation purposes have suffered significant damage, exacerbating the challenges faced by farmers in the region.
At present, the financial losses resulting from the disaster remain uncertain. Hamas stated, “We don’t have more details of the financial losses for now,” emphasizing the need for further assessment and evaluation.
The situation in Afghanistan is dire, with humanitarian agencies categorizing it as one of the world’s worst humanitarian disasters. Research points to the nation’s high vulnerability to the adverse effects of extreme weather patterns induced by climate change, further exacerbating the already critical circumstances.Nine out of ten Afghan families cannot afford enough food, the World Food Programme said in March.
Restricted Aid Inflows and Drought Compound Challenges in Ghor Province, Afghanistan
Following the collapse of the US-backed government and the subsequent return to power of the Taliban in 2021, Afghanistan has witnessed a significant decline in international aid, as foreign nations have displayed caution in engaging with the new regime in Kabul. Consequently, the flow of crucial assistance to the country has been severely disrupted.
Compounding the challenges faced by Afghanistan, NGOs and the United Nations have encountered restrictions imposed by the Taliban government regarding the employment of Afghan women in essential aid operations. This limitation has hindered the efforts of humanitarian organizations to carry out vital work effectively. Moreover, the UN has faced difficulties in securing financial contributions, further impeding its ability to provide much-needed support.
Additionally, Ghor province has grappled with the devastating effects of a prolonged drought in recent years. This ongoing crisis has exacerbated the already precarious situation, leaving communities in the region highly vulnerable to the adverse impacts of natural disasters such as the current floods