No fewer than 180 people have been confirmed to have died and 3,000 homes destroyed following heavy floods in Afghanistan over the past month, a government spokesman disclosed on Friday.
Zabihullah Mujahid pointed out that the scale of the damage done in the country had been worse because of the mismanagement of infrastructure by the previous government.
Africa Today News, New York reports that the hardline Taliban regime that returned to power a year ago is also struggling to cope.
‘If the floods and the losses increase, the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan does not have that many resources to respond to all of it,’ Mujahid told a press conference in Kabul.
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Heavy rains have lashed several provinces, with the worst of the flooding in the east of the country.
Dozens of Afghans die every year in torrential rains — especially in poor rural areas where badly constructed houses can easily collapse.
Africa Today News, New York reports that ever since the Taliban took control of Afghanistan the country has been plunged further into economic and humanitarian crises, worsened by the freezing of billions in assets held abroad and a slash in aid funding.
The Taliban called on the international community, particularly Muslim countries, to help the government meet the needs of flood victims.
In another report no fewer than four people have been confirmed dead and nine others injured following a flash flood which hit southwest China on Saturday, local authorities have revealed.
Footage published by Chinese media showed water rising rapidly in a river on the outskirts of Sichuan province’s Pengzhou city.
Tourists who had been playing in the initially shallow water could be seen running for safety and clambering over rocks as the water rushed towards them, but some were unable to reach the river bank in time.
At least one person, a woman stranded on a boulder in the middle of the river, appeared to lose her footing and was swept away by the current, according to a video posted online by the state-owned Beijing Youth Daily.