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Kabul residents worried about flash floods

16 Apr 2019 Afghanistan Times

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KABUL: Kabul Municipality has warned of flash floods as

torrential rainfalls have intensified in the capital and some provinces,

expected by the meteorology department to continue until today (Wednesday).

Images of Kabul River water overflowing to the riverbank

roads and streets have gone viral since Monday, with flooded waters on the

streets make problems for passerby.

Two people have died and 35 houses destroyed in Kabul,

according to officials.

Meanwhile, President Ashraf Ghani visited some

flood-affected areas in the west of the city, talking to people about their

problems and resolves.

Kabul Municipality said that disaster management teams are

working in the vulnerable neighborhoods to prevent flood damages.

Kabul Mayor, Ahmad Zaki Sarfaraz, said that more houses on

the two banks or Kabul River would be likely damaged. He called the recent

rainfalls “a matter of concern”, saying the overflow of Kabul River threatened

houses and shops near the river.

Kabul Mayor also asked ministry of education to hold a

school break for a few days. The meteorology department says that the rate of

rainfall in Kabul and some provinces would exceed 50 millimeters.

Ministry of National Disaster Management reports of the

death of 127 people due to floods in 19 provinces. The provinces of Ghazni,

Kandahar and Herat have been more affected by recent floods, with Jilani

Farhad, spokesman for Herat provincial governor saying that five people died,

10 injured and 17 more went missing due to the past 24-hour floods in the


He added that parts of the Kandahar-Herat highway were also

damaged and the road was closed for traffic.

21 of 34 provinces are in threat of flood and mudslide,

according to the meteorology department.

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