At least 57 people have died, and six others are missing after floods wreaked havoc in Kandahar, Zabul, and Uruzgan provinces since Thursday, sources told Afghanistan International.
There is a possibility of an increase in the number of casualties in these three provinces.
Over the past four days, 17 provinces of Afghanistan have witnessed heavy rains and floods. Local sources in Kandahar province said that eight people lost their lives as a result of floods, however, as per Afghanistan International’s sources on the ground, 22 people had died and two got injured.
Mohammad Hakim Hakimi, Taliban’s Director of Public Health department in Zabul province, also confirmed the death of 20 people in this province. Zabihullah Jawhar, Taliban’s spokesperson for the Zabul governor told Afghanistan International that casualties were in the Shahr e Safa, Seweri, Ata Ghar, Shamulzai, Shah Joy and Day Chopan areas and districts. According to him, 310 houses, hundreds of livestock and 1,300 hectares of land were destroyed in these areas.
Ali Marjan Zakir, district governor of Gizab district of Uruzgan, said that due to the floods, eight members of a family lost their lives, however, local residents said that 15 people have died and six others are missing.
Taliban’s meteorological department said that heavy rains and winds will continue in Kabul, Kunar, Nangarhar, Laghman, Logar, Paktika, Paktia, Khost, Ghazni and Zabul provinces in the coming days.