By Editor: Adhya Kalra
The flash floods in the parts of Charikar city, the capital of Parwan province killed at least 70 people and injured dozens on Wednesday, 26 August 2020.
Wahida Shahkar, spokeswoman for Northern Parwan province said the number of causalities may rise as rescue teams continue to locate people buried under destroyed houses.
“At least 68 have been killed and 90 injured, the death toll might rise and people are still stuck under the rubble as rescue operations are ongoing,” said Shahkar. (as reported by Al Jazeera).
Shakhar informed that the city was hit by the heavy rains overnight followed by the flooding in the central part of the province, destroying homes and taking lives. There were many children among the deceased and the rest were severely injured. Shakhar asked the government for aid and immediate support for the workers and the rescue team digging through the mud to save people.
The president of Afghanistan, Ashraf Ghani expressed his condolence to the families of deceased and in a statement ordered the delivery of aid to Parwan and other provinces.
Ahmad Tameem Azimi, spokesman for the disaster management ministry informed that the flooding blocked the highway to eastern and northern provinces. “Along with rescuing people, we are working to open the highways back to the traffic,” he said.
Further, adding to the statement, Azimi said at least 300 houses were destroyed leaving more than 1000 residents homeless or displaced, ground and air help sent for the aid of people have also reached the province. He also said that the ministry informed about the risk of floods through social media late Tuesday night.
The heavy downpour wiped all the crops in eastern Nuristan province destroying hundreds of acres of agriculture land. Roads and houses were also destroyed in northern Kapisa, Panjshir and eastern Paktia provinces.