Afghanistan: Hundreds struggle as floods ravage Ghor province

Recent flash floods have severely impacted the Ghor province, leaving hundreds without access to basic necessities amid economic difficulties. Residents of the area report a lack of shelter and assistance, with many saying they are now homeless.

The floods have caused significant human and financial losses in the Bala Murghab district, displacing about 1,000 families. According to the Taliban’s Ministry of Disaster Management, the floods across various provinces, especially in the western regions, have resulted in nearly 160 casualties.

“The floods destroyed everything—our homes, clothes, and possessions. We’re currently in Murghab with nothing to wear, no food, and no shelter,” said Sayed Bibi, a resident of Herat.

Officials state that the recent floods have destroyed over 10,000 hectares of land. The provinces of Herat, Ghor, Farah, and Badghis have been particularly hard hit, with dozens of families displaced.

“Our farmland and livelihoods are gone. Multiple families are now sharing single homes due to the destruction. The water levels approached dangerously close to our homes, putting our children at risk,” reported Nazifa, another resident of Herat.

The Taliban-controlled Meteorological Department has issued warnings for potential heavy rains and further flooding this Friday and Saturday across 22 provinces, including the northern province of Sar-e-Pul, which may see rainfall between 15 to 45 millimeters.