24 dead in Ghor floods
Sun Jun 24, 12:26 pm
Heavy floods during the past three days in Ghor province have killed at least 24 people, including women and children, and have also caused significant property damage and financial losses.
Continuing rainfall for the last three days has caused huge floods in the central region of the Ghor province which have killed hundreds of livestock and have destroyed hundreds of acres of agricultural lands, said Abdul Hai Khatibi, spokesman for the Governor of Ghor. He said most of the damage occurred in the Shahrak district.
Khatibi said that the exact death toll and damages were still being assessed. Many important highways and roads remained blocked and officials have not been able to get an accurate understanding of exactly how many deaths and how much damage has occurred.
So far, no assistance from the government or aid agencies has reached the affected areas, he said, adding that an emergency meeting was held on Saturday to talk to affected people and better understand their emergency needs.
The residents voiced fears about the government’s indifference to their problems, saying the causalities and disasters may grow due to the neglect of the government.
A resident of Shahrak district of Ghor province told Ariana TV that in the past two days more than 40 passenger cars and trucks have been stuck in the mud.
According to the locals, more than 30 people, especially shepherds, are missing along with hundreds of cattle.
This year heavy floods occurred in several parts of the country, especially in Sar-i-Pul, Faryab and Ghazni provinces, killing dozens of people and causing huge damages.