6,000 Houses Destroyed in Afghanistan

Flash floods struck once again in Afghanistan, leaving around 140,000 people in the country now affected by flooding.

The country, especially the northern region, has been ravaged by deadly floods and landslides since April this year.

40 people died after floods hit Jawzjan Province in late April. The flooding spread and the death toll rose to at least 123 a few days later, with more provinces affected.

In May this year, floods and massive landslides struck in Argo District, Badakhshan Province, killing hundreds (initial estimates thought the figure could have been much higher).

Flooding over the weekend has now affected the provinces of Faryab, Sar-i-pul, Balkh and Baghlan. Bridges, roads, crops, cattle and around 6,000 homes have been destroyed.

Jens Laerke, spokesperson for OCHA, said the concern now for the UN relief agency is preventing the spread of disease, especially waterborne diseases.

“In the newly flooded areas, the focus for immediate relief will again be clean water, sanitation and hygiene to reduce the risk of waterborne diseases. As of today, no outbreak of malaria, cholera or acute watery diarrhoea has been reported,”

Source: UN