Afghanistan – Deadly Flash Floods in Khost Province

Flash floods in the south eastern Khost province, Afghanistan, have left at least 17 people dead. The floods hit on Monday, 18 July, after a period of heavy rain.

“Rainstorms and flash flood killed 17 people, including six women and eight children in Sabari and neighboring Ali Shir districts late Monday,” Shadam Helal, provincial director of Natural Disaster Management Authority, told Xinhua, the Chinese news agency.

Pajhwok Afghan News reports that many of the victims died after two vehicles were swept away by flood waters in separate incidents. One of the vehicles is believed to be a bus that was carrying passengers to Khost City, about 150 km south east of the capital Kabul.

The flooding has also caused damage to houses and farmland in parts of Khost province. The province is located in the eastern part of the country next to Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Areas.