Afghanistan – Flood

On May 10 and 11, and later on May 17 and 18 heavy rainfall and flash floods struck Afghanistan, affecting the provinces of Badakhshan, Baghlan, Takhar, and later Faryab and Ghor. The rainfall on May 10 and 11 caused flash floods in northeastern Afghanistan, particularly impacting 21 districts across Badakhshan (5 districts), Baghlan (10 districts), and Takhar (6 districts) provinces.

These floods resulted in significant loss of life, destruction of homes, infrastructure, agricultural land, and livestock. According to the WHO, over 300 people have been reported dead, with many more injured as specified by UNICEF. Additionally, 8,975 homes were destroyed, leaving thousands of families without shelter.

On May 17 and 18, heavy rainfall caused intense flooding in Ghor province in the western region and Faryab province in the northern region of Afghanistan. Early reports from Faryab province indicate that 84 people have been killed, 5 injured, and 40 are missing, in Ghor province approximately 50 people have been killed and hundreds of people are missing.

Flash floods caused by heavy rains have devastated villages in northern Afghanistan, according to WHO and initial reports from Ghor and Faryab hundreds of people have been reported dead (many more have been injured, as specified by UNICEF) and 16,845 homes destroyed or damaged (as reported by OCHA)2 as a result.

The floods have primarily affected the northern province of Baghlan and neighbouring Takhar province, where casualties and damage have been particularly severe. As per UNICEF report, most of the casualties were reported in Baghlan province, where heavy rains destroyed an estimated 3,000 houses (and thousands more damaged, as stated by OCHA).

According to assessment, Shelter & NFIs, Food, Health, WASH and Cash Assistance are in high needs at this stage.

ACT Alliance members Hungarian Interchurch Aid (HIA), Community World Services Asia (CWSA) and Christian Aid (CA) are present on the ground and planning to start a joint response. They have been part of the joint assessment conducted by UN and NGOs.

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