The sudden inundation is destroying cities and villages all across the world, from South Korea’s southern provinces, the consecutive hurricanes in the Gulf of Mexico area to the Parwan province of Afghanistan.
The already war-and-terrorist-worn nation has suffered a minimum of 86 deaths, total casualty starting from 200. This was officially announced by Rahmatullah Haidari, deputy spokesman for the governor of the province. The downpour has done nothing but totally destroy the province, near the capital Kabul, with houses and vehicles submerged or destroyed beyond repair. The casualties may reach higher stats, according to Parwan provincial spokeswoman Waheeda Shakar. 1,500 houses north of the capital Kabul had been destroyed, while many people remain missing.
A ministry of disaster management spokesman said floods had also affected eight of the country’s northern provinces. The spokesman said climate change was worsening the flooding hitting the country.
South Asia is one of the most climate change-prone regions in the world.India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal and Afghanistan have been suffering the consequences of the boiling globe and its eventual devastation and billions of dollars in damage every year.
When the heavy rains came overnight, setting off flash floods in northern Afghanistan, the deluge quickly turned deadly and caught many residents off guard because they were sleeping.
Mahmood Samadi, a Charikar resident, said he woke to the sound of water rushing through his neighborhood and quickly decided to get his family out of the city.
When he returned, nearly half his house was flooded and six homes on his street had been destroyed.“I don’t know about the exact casualties in our street, but I know many people were killed and wounded,” Mr. Samadi said. The flash floods left a trail of mud, toppled houses and bodies in their wake.
Photos in the Afghan news media showed flattened buildings, scattered debris and mangled cars.
Rescue workers sifted through the wreckage, as many residents were believed to be trapped under collapsed homes. One hospital reported receiving 78 bodies and 105 wounded people. The death toll in the city was expected to rise.
The flooding is just the latest blow for Afghanistan, which has been ravaged by the coronavirus and bloodied by Taliban attacks across the country since a Feb. 29 peace agreement between the United States and the insurgent group.
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