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70 killed after heavy rains lash Afghanistan

Boom RadioNG | April 18, 2024

About 70 people have been killed after heavy rains poured in Afghanistan in the last five days.

This was according to a statement made today by the government’s disaster management department.

The Disaster management spokesman Janan Sayeq said “approximately 70 people lost their lives” as a result of rains between Saturday and Wednesday. Also, fifty-six others have been injured, while more than 2,600 houses have been damaged or destroyed and 95,000 acres of farmland wiped away.

He said most fatalities had been caused by roof collapses resulting from the deluges.

Afghanistan was parched by an unusually dry winter which desiccated the earth, exacerbating flash-flooding caused by spring downpours in most provinces.

Neighbouring Pakistan has also been hammered by spring downpours, with 65 people killed in storm-related incidents as the quantity of rain is at nearly twice the historical average rate.

 

Dolupo Balogun

Written by Boom RadioNG

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