Baghlan flood death toll reaches 300, says UN food agency

The United Nations World Food Program reported on Saturday that the death toll from the floods in Baghlan province has risen to 300.

The agency also noted that over 1,000 houses have been destroyed due to the floods, which are part of a series of such events over the past few weeks linked to unusually heavy rainfall.

The World Food Program stated on X that it is currently distributing fortified biscuits to the survivors in response to the crisis.

However, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM) cited by AFP, the floods in Baghlan province on Friday resulted in over 200 deaths.

Fatal floods have struck Baghlan and several other provinces in Afghanistan, resulting in dozens of deaths and displacing hundreds of families. The floods have provoked reactions from Afghan politicians and citizens, many of whom have criticized the Taliban for their failure to effectively address the victims’ situation.

Referring to the floods, the UN’s special rapporteur for Afghanistan, Richard Bennett, highlighted the ongoing climate crisis as a significant vulnerability for Afghanistan. He called on both international actors and the Taliban to prioritize immediate aid and develop long-term planning strategies.