Afghanistan – Over 30 Killed After Flash Floods Hit Northern Provinces

Local media in Afghanistan report that at least 31 people have been killed in flash floods that struck in northern parts of the country between 16 and 17 April, 2016. Several people are also reported to be missing in the floods.

Khaama Press (KP) the Afghan news agency, report that the floods affected areas in northern Baghlan, Samangan, Takhar and Badghis provinces. Rain and floods have also blocked some transport routes in the central Daikundi province. Heavy rain also hit the capital, Kabul, although no fatalities or injuries have been reported there.

At least 5 of the deaths occurred in a village near Taloqan in Takhar province. Xinhua, the Chinese news agency, say that in Badghis province, the districts of Jawand, Murghab and Ab Kamari were the worst hit. As many as 23 people deaths have been reported in those 3 districts alone.

Khaama Press say that Afghanistan is often “hit by heavy rainfalls as the weather gets warm across the country which mainly contributes to flash floods that leave hundreds of people dead every year”.

Flood Summary

Last updated: May 18, 2016
Event
Afghanistan – Flash Floods in Northern Provinces, April 2016
Date
April 16 to April 18, 2016
Type
Flash flood
Cause
Extreme rainfall
Flash floods struck in northern parts of Afghanistan between 16 and 17 April, 2016, affecting the provinces of Baghlan, Samangan, Takhar and Badghis.

Locations

A - Baghlan
B - Samangan
C - Takhar
D - Badghis

Damages

Fatalities
31 people