Flash floods strike Afghanistan

BY SUSAN KIM | BALTIMORE | April 5, 2002

A volunteer helps rip out walls in a flood-damaged home. (DNN photo by Heather Moyer)
Credit: Disaster News Network

In a country where faith-based groups are already reaching out to those affected by war, drought, and earthquakes now flash flooding in Afghanistan has killed some 39 people and destroyed more than 300 homes in the northwestern province of Faryab.

According to the United Nations, flooding has affected 843 families and 323 homes were destroyed. The Deh Miran area of Faryab, where the river burst its banks, was worst hit. Some 2,000 heads of livestock were killed. Hundreds of acres of land, canals, and bridges were damaged.

The same region has seen three years of drought before flooding hit.

Road damage is so intense that relief supplies cannot yet get through. Rain was continuing Friday in the Faryab capital of Maimana. The UN, in partnership with other relief groups, was planning to send helicopters into the region Friday.

Action by Churches Together (ACT) and its partners are currently already responding in northern Afghanistan in the aftermath of severe earthquakes that left some 20,000 people homeless. ACT, a global alliance of faith-based relief and disaster response agencies, sent relief supplies including quilts, tents, food, and water equipment. ACT dispatched a medical team as well.

ACT member Church World Service (CWS) Pakistan/Afghanistan is also responding to needs in Afghanistan.

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