Over 30 people have died and many are missing after heavy rain caused flash flooding in parts of Afghanistan.
According to the state-run Bakhtar News Agency (BNA), flash flooding struck in the northern Parwan Province on 13 August 2022 following heavy rainfall. Affected districts include Ghorband (also known as Syagird) and Shinwari.
Afghanistan Meteorological Department issued warnings for heavy rain for several northern and eastern provinces, predicting a possible 40 mm of rain in some areas. Neighbouring parts of Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province recorded over 200 mm of rain in 24 hours to 14 August 2022.
BNA said that 31 people died in the floods and 17 were injured. Around 100 people are feared missing and the death toll is likely to rise. Many roads are blocked hindering access for rescue and relief workers.
Afghan Red Crescent said over 120 houses have been completely destroyed.
The Acting Minister of Disaster Management together with the governor of Parwan province and other officials visited the affected areas in Shinwari district by helicopter on 14 August. Afghanistan’s National Disaster Management Agency said tents, tarpaulins, blankets and cooking utensils were distributed to the victims whose houses were completely destroyed, and hot food and drinking water were distributed to the other victims.
Flooding has also impacted areas of Logar Province in the last few days. Afghan Red Crescent reported at least 1 fatality, 3 injured and over 80 houses damaged or destroyed, along with wide areas of agricultural land.
The floods in Parwan and Logar provinces come after a series of severe flash floods across the country in early July and again in late July left a combined total of over 75 people dead, according to figures from the UN.
More heavy rain of up to 50 mm in 24 hours is forecast for several eastern and northern provinces including Nuristan, Kunar, Laghman, Nangarhar, Paktia, Paktika, Ghazni and Zabul until at least 15 August.