Floods in Baghlan, Afghanistan – at Least 5 Dead

Local and international news agencies are reporting that floods in the northern province of Baghlan, Afghanistan, have left at least 5 people dead, with some local reports saying the figure is as high as 17, with around 10 people injured.

Emergency teams, including police, are still carrying out rescues. Iran state news agency say that 200 houses have been destroyed. Associated Press have this figure at 400, and quoting local police, say that three districts of the province, including the capital Puli Khumri, have been affected.

AP also say that “The floods mark the start of Afghanistan’s annual flooding season as snow on northern mountain ranges melts. The situation worsens each year due to deforestation and environmental degradation”.

At least 54 people were killed and 1000s of houses destroyed in floods in Baghlan in June 2014.

In February 2015, the country suffered widespread floods and landslides after heavy rain. Several provinces were affected, including Panjshir, Nangarhar, Laghman, Kapisa, Parwan, Nuristan and capital Kabul, and at least 230 people lost their lives.

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File photo: Afghanistan flash floods. Photo Save the Children