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July 24, 2024

Flood: Death toll rises to 50 in Afghanistan

Afghanistan’s National Disaster Management Authority on Tuesday said flooding caused by heavy rains over the past four days in the country has claimed the lives of at least 50 people.

The agency spokesman, Janan Sayaq, added that another 36 people were injured in the floods.

The authority had previously reported 33 deaths nationwide.

Sayaq said the floods had caused significant damage to agricultural land and homes.

Afghanistan is reeling from the after-effects of decades of conflict and various natural disasters, including floods and earthquakes.

According to the UN, a series of earthquakes in the Western province of Herat in October 2023 claimed at least 1,500 lives while in February 2024, an avalanche at a mountain village in Nuristan province killed at least 21 people.

The lack of robust infrastructure, particularly in remote areas, often exacerbates the consequences of such disasters.

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