• publish: 19 March 2019
  • time: 12:11 pm
  • category: Politics
  • No: 7535

Flash floods in Herat province claimed lives of 10 people

At least 10 people lost their lives in flash floods in Herat which started on Monday night, the provincial governor’s media office said in a statement.

According to the statement, thousands of acres of agricultural land and hundreds of houses were damaged following heavy rains in the past few days.

Four women in Ghoryan, one child in Koh Zor, two children in Rubat Sangi, two men in Zinda Jan districts and one man in Herat city lost their lives due to flash floods, read the statement.

Government investigation team has been sent to the area to assess the damage caused by the floods, the statement added.

This come after a new report by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) released earlier this month sair that thousands of families have been affected by recent flash floods in the southern provinces of Kandahar and Helmand provinces and that they require humanitarian assistance.

The report says that 4,698 households and more than 33,000 people have been identified as requiring humanitarian assistance as a result of flooding in Kandahar province.

The report adds that 1,855 houses have been destroyed and 2,841 houses have been partially damaged by flooding in the southern provinces including Kandahar city.

There was further rain on 10 March, although no new flooding incidents have been reported, the report says.

According to the report, 1,092 families have been verified as requiring humanitarian assistance as a result of the flooding that began on 2 March 12, 2019 in four districts of Helmand province, including Nahr-e-Saraj, Nawa-e-Barakzai, Lashkragah and Nad Ali.

The report adds that a further 1,320 families were affected by flash floods in Khoshkaba area in Nahr-e-Saraj district.

In western Farah province, the report says, 3,205 households have been identified as affected by the floods, and requiring humanitarian assistance.

Of these households, the report says, 1,601 homes have been destroyed and 1,604 have been partially damaged.

According to inter-agency assessment teams, 85 percent of the flood-affected areas were assessed as of 10 March.

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