Flash floods sweep northern Afghanistan, 72 killed

Men carry an injured person out of a house after floods in Charikar, capital of Parwan province, Afghanistan August 26, 2020. (Photo by Reuters)

A violent flash flood killed more than 70 people and destroyed hundreds of homes just north of Afghanistan’s capital, on Wednesday, officials said.

The floods swept through Parwan province, which borders Kabul, in the early hours of the morning, washing away men, women and children and destroying 300 homes, according to Ministry of Disaster Management spokesman Tamim Azimi.

Rescuers searched through mud throughout the day for bodies, with the confirmed death toll at 72, and at least 90 injured, Azimi added.

Footage shot by a local resident showed the aftermath of the floods – debris-stricken streets, excavators digging out mud and people standing on rooftops of homes.

The disaster came as the war-torn nation already faces a sinking economy due to the coronavirus pandemic and as violence continues despite the United States attempting to forge peace talks between the Afghan government and insurgent Taliban.

(Source: Reuters)


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