EU pledges €200,000 for Afghanistan flood relief

Floods in northern Baghlan province. May 2024. File photo.

The European Union has committed €200,000 (approximately 15.5 million Afghanis) to provide emergency humanitarian aid to families affected by severe flooding across Afghanistan in recent weeks.

The assistance is expected to reach 28,000 people in some of the hardest-hit provinces, particularly in the western, northern, and eastern regions, the EU office in Kabul said.

This funding is part of the E.U.’s overall contribution to the Disaster Response Emergency Fund (DREF) of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC). It responds to an Emergency Appeal from the IFRC to support critical interventions, the EU said.

This latest contribution adds to an aid package of €400,000 that was directed earlier this month in response to the floods, according to EU statement.

Since May 10, heavy rainfall has triggered widespread floods and mudslides in northern and northeastern Afghanistan, resulting in significant casualties and damage.

According to the United Nations and various media reports, the floods have claimed more than 400 lives.

 Thousands of houses have been destroyed or damaged, displacing many people who now require humanitarian assistance. This spring’s flooding has impacted 24 of Afghanistan’s 34 provinces.