Last month’s floods affect 7,800 homes in northern Afghanistan: WHO

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

KABUL, Afghanistan — The World Health Organization (WHO) reported that 7,800 homes have been destroyed or damaged by flash floods in Baghlan, Badakhshan, and Takhar provinces.

The floods, which occurred between May 10 and 11, displaced 5,000 families and affected over 60,000 people, the organization said.

Further heavy rainfall on May 17 and 18 triggered another wave of flash floods in northern and western Afghanistan, impacting 10 districts in Ghor province and eight districts in Faryab province. These floods resulted in at least 120 deaths, with hundreds more missing, and caused extensive damage to private properties and civilian infrastructure, according to the WHO report.

The situation in the flood-affected regions across northern, northeastern, and western Afghanistan remains critical. The WHO emphasized the urgent need for additional resources to address the escalating humanitarian and health crises in these areas.