Casualties expected to rise in Afghanistan flash floods

KABUL, Afghanistan — The Taliban’s disaster management authority said on Monday it expects the death toll from recent floods to increase as the country grapples with the aftermath of heavy rains.

At least 33 people have been killed and 27 others injured as floods struck various regions, affecting more than 20 of Afghanistan’s 34 provinces in the past four days, according to the ministry.

Residents in provinces such as Badghis, Uruzgan, Kandahar, Takhar, and others have reported significant human and financial losses.

In Herat, where residents are still dealing with the effects of October’s earthquakes, the floods have compounded frustrations.

“We were relocated, but the shelters provided are inadequate against the weather,” said Saeeda, a displaced resident. “Our belongings are wet, and the tents are insufficient. Our children are sick, and we urgently need proper housing.”

Razia, another resident, echoed this sentiment. “The houses built for us are uninhabitable. It continues to rain, and we are forced to stay in tents where all our children have fallen ill,” she said.

Transportation has also been severely impacted, with key routes such as the Mazar-e Sharif-Samangan highway closed due to landslides and floods.

The Taliban reports that more than 600 homes have been destroyed or damaged, with significant livestock losses across the affected areas.