Not less than 70 persons have been confirmed dead while many others remain unaccounted for following flooding caused by heavy seasonal rains that have drenched northern and eastern Afghanistan, officials said today, Wednesday.
Spokesperson for northern Parwan province Wahida Shahkar said the number of casualties may rise as rescue teams work to locate people buried under destroyed houses. She said at least 66 people were killed and 90 were injured in the province.
The head of the provincial hospital, Abdul Qasim Sangin, said several children were among the dead and some injured are in critical condition.
Shahkar said the flooding started in the central part of the province overnight following heavy rains, destroying many homes. She called on the government to deliver aid and provide immediate support for workers digging through mud to reach those who were trapped.
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani in a statement ordered aid to be delivered to Parwan and other provinces while expressing his condolences to the victims’ families.