Afghanistan – Death Toll Rises as Floods Hit Balkh and Herat

The flood situation in Afghanistan has worsened over the last few days as heavy rain has continued to fall.

On 16 May, at least 34 people had died and 4 injured in flash floods in Afghanistan.

An update by Afghanistan Natural Disaster Management Authority (ANDMA) of 20 May reported that the total number of flood related deaths now stands at 72, with 9 people injured, 888 houses destroyed and 1,695 damaged.

As of last week the flooding had affected the provinces of Samangan, Takhar, Kapisa, Baghlan, Badakhshan, Badghis, Ghor, Panjshir, Sari Pul, Ghazni and Parwan. Over the weekend, Balkh and Herat provinces were also badly affected. Afghan news agency Pajhwok reported on 19 May that at least nine people died after flash floods hit houses in different districts of northern Balkh province

The Government of Afghanistan also said on 20 May that flooding had affected parts of Jowzjan Province.

Flooding in Balkh province, Afghanistan, May 2018. Photo: Government of Afghanistan

Afghanistan Meteorological department warned of further rain (up to 30 mm) and potential flooding in north eastern areas of the country, in particular in Baghlan and Parwan.

Flood warnings in Afghanistan, May 2018. Image: Afghanistan Meteorological department

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Flood Summary

Last updated: May 22, 2018
Afghanistan, May 2018
May 9, 2018
Flash flood
Extreme rainfall, Long-term rainfall


A - Samangan
B - Takhar
C - Kapisa
D - Baghlan
E - Badakhshan
F - Badghis
G - Ghor
H - Panjshir
I - Sari Pul
J - Ghazni
K - Parwan
L - Balkh
M - Herat
N - Jowzjan


72 people
Afghanistan - May 9 to May 22, 2018
Buildings destroyed
888 buildings
Afghanistan - May 9 to May 22, 2018