Afghanistan – 10 Dead, Homes Damaged After Flash Floods in Central and Eastern Regions

At least 10 people have died after heavy rain caused flash flooding in central and eastern parts of Afghanistan.

Flood damage in Seyed Abad District, Maidan Wardag Province, Afghanistan, July 2022. Photo: Afghanistan Red Crescent

The United Nations reported heavy and unseasonal rainfall across the central and eastern regions of Afghanistan on 05 and 06 July 2022 resulted in flash flooding and damages across the nine provinces of Nuristan, Kunar, Laghman, Logar, Paktya, Ghazni, Maidan Wardak and Parwan.

Afghanistan Meteorological Department warned of heavy rain, lightning and flash floods on 05 July, with possible rainfall amounts of 35 mm.

Rainfall warnings 05 July 2022. Image: Afghanistan Meteorological Department

Flash flooding severely damaged 280 homes, although there have been no reports of any displacements according to the UN. Flooding and rain also damaged infrastructure including four bridges and 8 km of a road.

As of 07 July at least 10 people had lost their lives, including 2 children. Eleven people were injured. The provinces where most casualties and damage were reported are Nangarhar and Nuristan provinces in the eastern region and Ghazni and Parwan in the central region.

Eastern provinces of Afghanistan saw severe flash flooding in June this year, where 19 people died and 131 were injured.

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