Families still looking for missing loved ones after devastating Afghanistan floods killed scores

(13 May 2024)

Baghlan – 13 May 2024
1. Various of flood affected areas
2. Various of residents searching for missing family members
3. SOUNDBITE (Dari) Abdullah (no surname given), local resident:
"My mother got worried and went to hide inside the kitchen, (but) flood waters took her with the kitchen. Our neighbors are searching for three people, their father, one guest from Kunduz and their son who got martyred. They are searching, but not sure whether they will find them or not."
4. Various of women and children sitting on plastic tent
Survivors of floods in Afghanistan’s region of Baghlan were still searching for their missing loved ones and burying dead victims on Monday.

The U.N. food agency estimated that the unusually heavy seasonal rains in Afghanistan left more than 300 people dead and thousands of houses destroyed, most of them in Baghlan, which bore the brunt of the flooding on Friday.

Survivors had been left with no home, no land, and no source of livelihood, the World Food Organization said.

Most of Baghlan is "inaccessible by trucks,” said WFP, adding that it is resorting to every alternative it can think of to get food to the survivors.

The dead included 51 children, according to UNICEF, one of several international aid groups that are sending relief teams, medicines, blankets and other supplies.

The World Health Organization said it delivered 7 tons of medicines and emergency kits to the stricken areas.

Meanwhile, the U.N. migration agency had distributed aid packages that included temporary shelters, essential non-food items, solar modules, clothing, and tools for repairs to their damaged shelters.

The latest disaster came on the heels of a previous one, when at least 70 people died in April from heavy rains and flash floods in the country.

The waters also destroyed about 2,000 homes, three mosques and four schools in western Farah and Herat, and southern Zabul and Kandahar provinces.


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