अफगानिस्तान में अचानक आई बाढ़ से कम से कम 60 लोगों की मौत हो गई

अफगानिस्तान में अचानक आई बाढ़ से कम से कम 60 लोगों की मौत हो गई

At least 60 killed in Afghanistan flash flooding

Flash flooding in Afghanistan claims at least 60 lives, highlighting the devastating impact of natural disasters on vulnerable communities.

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  • 11, May, 2024
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At least 60 killed in Afghanistan flash flooding

Northern Afghanistan grapples with the aftermath of devastating flash floods, claiming over 60 lives and injuring more than 100, as reported by Taliban officials. The deluge, triggered by heavy rainfall across five districts in Baghlan province, has left dozens missing, with fears of a rising death toll ahead of anticipated storms. Social media images depict the torrents sweeping through villages, leaving destruction in their wake.

Unusually intense rains over recent weeks have exacerbated the situation, with floods claiming over 100 lives since mid-April. Abdul Mateen Qani, spokesperson for Afghanistan's interior ministry, identified Borka district in Baghlan province as the epicenter of the tragedy. More than 200 individuals are reportedly stranded in their homes, complicating rescue efforts.

Efforts to aid the affected face challenges, including a shortage of night vision equipment hindering helicopter operations, according to official statements. Emergency personnel, including the army, are engaged in search and rescue operations amidst the debris. Tents, blankets, and food are being distributed to families displaced by the floods, with the main road between Kabul and northern Afghanistan closed due to the disaster.

This catastrophe follows last month's flooding in the west, which claimed numerous lives and left thousands in need of assistance. The impacts extend beyond casualties, with extensive damage to homes, mosques, and schools. Afghanistan's vulnerability to such disasters is compounded by poorly constructed housing and its status as one of the world's poorest nations, exacerbated by years of conflict.

Climate change exacerbates the risks, with Afghanistan among the most susceptible countries globally. The warming atmosphere intensifies rainfall, amplifying the likelihood of extreme weather events. With temperatures already risen by 1.1°C since the industrial era, urgent action to mitigate emissions is imperative.

The tragic events in Afghanistan underscore the urgent need for global action on climate change. As nations grapple with the immediate consequences of extreme weather, long-term strategies are essential to build resilience and mitigate future disasters in vulnerable regions like Afghanistan.

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