40 Dead After Floods in Jawzjan Province, Afghanistan

Further floods and landslides have struck in Afghanistan after heavy rainfall in the northern Jawzjan Province over the last few days. Severe floods have struck in 4 northern provinces of Afghanistan – Jawzjan, Samangan, Takhar and Badakhshan – since mid April.

The worst of the flooding struck late yesterday, 24 April 2014. The affected areas include Qush Tepa, Khwaja Du Koh and Darzab districts. It is understood that as many as 40 people have been killed in the flooding and landslides in the area, which have also left hundreds displaced. Some media reports also claim that hundreds of people are still missing after the disaster struck.

Flooding was also seen on 22 April in the Samangan province, where around 300 families were displaced, and on 20 April in Takhar province, where around 50 families were displaced. Earlier, on 13 April heavy rainfall caused a landslide in Rastaq district of the north eastern Takhar province. Several homes were destroyed and 2 people were killed in the incident.

April has been a difficult month for floods in Afghanistan. Floods and landslides were seen in the north eastern province of Badakhshan in Afghanistan where around 50 houses were destroyed in the Kasham district of the province.

Jawzjan Province is no stranger to extreme weather conditions. In February around 13 people died as a result of heavy snow and cold weather in Darzab and Qush Tepa districts of Jawzjan Province.

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Source: Xinhua