HEAVY flooding has killed at least 70 people and injured dozens of others as heavy seasonal rains drenched northern and eastern Afghanistan, officials said Wednesday. Spokesperson for northern Parwan province Wahida Shahkar said that the number of casualties may rise as rescue teams work to locate people buried under destroyed houses.
She said, at least 66 people were killed and 90 were injured in the province. The head of the provincial hospital, Abdul Qasim Sangin, said, several children were among the dead and some injured are in critical condition. Shahkar said, the flooding started in the central part of the province overnight following heavy rains, destroying many homes. She called on the Government to deliver aid and provide immediate support for workers digging through mud to reach those who were trapped.
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani in a statement ordered that aid be delivered to Parwan and other provinces while expressing his condolences to the victims’ families. Ahmad Tameem Azimi, spokesman of the Disaster Management Ministry, said that flooding blocked highways to eastern and northern provinces. “Rescuing teams were are working to open the highways back to the traffic,” he said.