Afghanistan: Recent floods damage 10,000 homes in five provinces

KABUL, Afghanistan — Floods in Afghanistan from May 10 to 26 damaged or destroyed 10,100 homes and displaced over 5,000 families in the northern provinces, according to a report by UNICEF.

On May 10 and 11, heavy rainfall and flash floods struck northeastern Afghanistan, affecting 21 districts, including five in Badakhshan, 10 in Baghlan, and six in Takhar province, UNICEF reported.

To date, 347 people have been confirmed killed and 1,651 injured, UNICEF said.

Approximately 7,800 homes were either destroyed or damaged, leaving over 5,000 families displaced, according to the Taliban-run Ministry of Refugees and Repatriation, UNICEF said.

In addition to damaged or destroyed roads, bridges, health facilities, and public schools, agricultural land and livestock were also lost, UNICEF added.

Between May 16 and 17, Ghor province experienced heavy rains and flash floods that affected 10 districts, with Murghab being the most affected.

Reports suggest that 40 people were killed, including 10 children; 20 people are missing, and 49 are injured.

Preliminary reports indicate that over 410 families’ homes were destroyed or partially damaged, 27 health and nutrition facilities were destroyed or partially damaged, and 62 schools were severely damaged, UNICEF said.

On May 17, Faryab province was also affected by flash flooding, impacting nine districts. Preliminary reports suggest that 62 people were killed and 18 injured. Additionally, 1,890 houses were damaged or destroyed, and three health facilities and 23 schools were impacted, UNICEF said.

This comes as residents of flood-hit Baghlan, Ghor and Badakhshan told Amu this week that they have not received aid and that they are in dire need of spport.