Massive Flash Flooding Causes Widespread Loss of Life in Afghanistan

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Hundreds of people perished last month when flash floods caused by strong seasonal rains struck Afghanistan.

The majority of casualties were residents of Baghlan province.

Authorities in Afghanistan declared a state of emergency after flash floods caused by heavy rains killed hundreds of people. Reports indicate that the number of casualties increased from 50 on May 11 to over 100 by the end of the day. Almost 300 deaths were recorded by humanitarian groups. 

Due to its landlocked position and rocky landscape, Afghanistan is home to the Hindu Kush mountains, as well as other mountain ranges, plateaus, valleys, plains, and even some rich river valleys. The lowest point in the country is eight hundred twenty feet above sea level.

Abdul Mateen Qani, an interior ministry spokesperson, reportedly said that many individuals are still missing.

Unprecedented rainfall in Afghanistan and Pakistan in April killed at least 130 people, and this most recent tragedy continues in the same vein.

Thousands of houses in the Baghlan province were either demolished or severely damaged, adding to the number of casualties.

Floods bring more perils. Individuals are placed at risk for lung illness when they are around standing water because it serves as a breeding ground for mold, germs, and viruses. Malaria, a potentially fatal disease transmitted to humans by certain mosquito species, is one of many mosquito-borne illnesses that tend to spike during times of flooding. The tropics are its primary habitat. You can avoid getting it, and there are ways to treat it. The parasite that causes the illness ensures that it does not transmit from one person to another.

In Afghanistan, where over 80% of the population lives off the land, the torrential downpour of rain in Spring also submerged farmland.

The Air Force began evacuation operations, transporting several hundred people to hospitals while emergency workers hurried to rescue wounded and trapped individuals. According to the Guardian, the nation also provided affected areas with food, medication, and first aid supplies.