Aid Workers Say Death Toll Over 300 From Flooding In Northern Afghanistan

The latest wave of flooding in northern Afghanistan from heavy seasonal rains has left more than 300 people dead and many more injured and more than 1,000 homes destroyed, according to UN World Food Program (WFP) officials.
Northern Afghanistan:- The latest wave of flooding in northern Afghanistan from heavy seasonal rains has left more than 300 people dead.[RFE/RL]
Northern Afghanistan:- The latest wave of flooding in northern Afghanistan from heavy seasonal rains has left more than 300 people dead.[RFE/RL]

Northern Afghanistan:- The latest wave of flooding in northern Afghanistan from heavy seasonal rains has left more than 300 people dead and many more injured and more than 1,000 homes destroyed, according to UN World Food Program (WFP) officials.

The WFP figure is twice the death toll reported hours earlier on May 11 by a spokesman for the Taliban-led government's Interior Ministry.

Ministry spokesman Abdul Mateen Qaniee told Reuters that at least 135 people were injured.

Baghlan Province was initially said to be among the hardest-hit areas, but officials added Badakhshan, Ghor, and Herat provinces to that list.

Taliban government spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid expressed "profound sorrow" and cited a "grievous toll" in those four regions.

He also cited "extensive devastation” and “significant financial losses.”

The Taliban Defense Ministry said on May 11 that air forces were evacuating stranded residents in Baghlan and had transported some to military hospitals.

The Taliban-led government is recognized only by China, although a number of countries work with those authorities in many cases to help alleviate the humanitarian hardships that have continued since the Taliban captured most of the country in mid-2021 as U.S.-led international troops withdrew and the UN-backed government fled. RFE/RL/SP

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