Afghanistan – Damaging Floods in Northern Provinces

Heavy rain and flash flooding has caused widespread damages in Baghlan and Samangan provinces in northern Afghanistan.

Houses, crops and infrastructure were damaged after flash flooding struck in Baghlan province on 02 May, with Tala Wa Barfak district the worst affected. Four workers were trapped 4 metres underground when a coal mine flooded. All four were feared dead but Ariana News station in Afghanistan later reported the workers had been been rescued by local residents.

Afghanistan’s Pajhwok News Agency reports that heavy rains and flash floods washed away more than 1,000 homes in several districts of Samangan province on 05 May. Crops and livestock have also been destroyed.

Several people were injured and hundreds left homeless. The floods wreaked havoc in the provincial capital Aybak and surrounding areas.

Severe Weather in Central Asia

Several countries to the north of Afghanistan have recently experienced flooding and severe weather. Over 70,000 people evacuated their homes in border areas of Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan after a reservoir dam failed on 01 May, 2020. Houses and roads were damaged after massive flooding and mudflows in Leilek district in Batken Region, Kyrgyzstan on 02 May 2020. Flooding was also recently reported in Jalal-Abad Region, damaging crops and livestock in Nooken district on 05 May.

A severe wind storm on 27 April caused widespread damages in the Lebap region of Turkmenistan. Media report at least 20 people died in the storm.

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