Flood and rain caused huge devastation in Afghanistan, more than 200 people died, thousands of houses were damaged.

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Taliban government officials said 62 people had died as of Friday night. Without distinguishing between the number of dead and injured, spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said in a statement on Saturday that hundreds of our fellow citizens have died due to these devastating floods.

Flash floods in northern Afghanistan have killed more than 200 people in a single province, the United Nations said Saturday. The UN’s International Organization for Migration (IOM) told AFP that heavy rains on Friday killed more than 200 people and left thousands of homes destroyed or damaged in Baghlan province. In Baghlani Jadid district alone, 1,500 houses were damaged or destroyed and more than 100 people were killed, the IOM emergency response lead said, citing figures from the Afghanistan National Disaster Management Authority.

Taliban government officials said 62 people had died as of Friday night. Without distinguishing between the number of dead and injured, spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said in a statement on Saturday that hundreds of our fellow citizens have died due to these devastating floods. Flash floods hit several provinces in Afghanistan, with officials in northern Takhar province reporting 20 deaths on Saturday. Officials said Friday’s rain also caused heavy damage in northeastern Badakhshan province, central Ghor province and western Herat.

The Defense Ministry said emergency personnel have been deployed to the affected areas and are rushing to rescue injured and stranded people. Afghanistan, which had relatively dry winters, making it more difficult for the soil to absorb rainfall, is highly sensitive to climate change. Ravaged by four decades of war, the country is one of the poorest in the world and, according to scientists, one of the worst prepared to face the consequences of global warming.

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