Nearly 60 people have died and more than two dozen others are missing following flash floods in eastern Afghanistan.
The floods were triggered by days of torrential rain and destroyed many houses in nine provinces including Nangarhar, Kabul, Khost, Laghman and Nuristan. Ghulam Farooq, the head of emergency operations for Afghanistan’s National Disaster Management Authority, said that at least 35 people died in Surobi District of the capital, Kabul, which was the hardest hit area. “At least 237 houses have been destroyed in Surobi alone,” Farooq stated. Meanwhile, Surobi police chief Shaghasi Ahmadi said food, tents and other emergency supplies have been sent to the mountainous area. According to an Afghan government statement, floods killed 17 people in the province of Nangarhar. The office of President Hamid Karzai said in a statement that another seven people lost their lives in Khost and Nuristan. Afghanistan’s neighbor, Pakistan, was also hit by monsoon downpours, which caused heavy floods destroying dozens of homes and killing more than 40 people.