The death toll from the floods, recorded in western Afghanistan in the past few days after heavy rains, has risen to 54, according to the Central Asian country’s National Agency for Disaster Management (ANDMA).
Agency spokesman Ahmad Tamim Azimi said in a statement that dozens of people are still missing. It has been stated that the floods are already affecting 15 of the country’s 34 provinces.
About half of the victims come from Herat province, where several districts have been badly damaged by water. In addition, around a thousand houses were completely destroyed while 2,450 animals lost their lives.
The floods caused the displacement of hundreds of families and the destruction of many hectares of crops, according to the government.
Afghanistan suffered severe floods in 2019 that destroyed more than 10,000 homes and affected around 180,000 people, according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.