Afghan officials have stated on Thursday, August 27, that almost 200 people have been confirmed killed in flooding in northern and eastern provinces in recent days. At least 100 of the fatalities occurred in Charikar (Parwan province) after dozens of homes collapsed due to flash flooding. An official with the Ministry of Disaster Management has stated that rescue operations continue and the death toll is likely to increase as many people remain missing. Around 1,000 families in the province are reported to have been given food and shelter and local officials have called on international relief organizations to assist. There has also been severe flooding in Maidan Wardak Province, west of Kabul. President Ashraf Ghani has ordered the delivery of aid to Parwan and other affected provinces.
Disruptions to transportation are to be expected in affected provinces over the near term.
Those in the affected provinces are advised to monitor local weather reports, anticipate transportation disruptions, avoid areas directly affected by flooding, confirm road conditions before setting out, and adhere to instructions issued by local authorities, including evacuation orders. Avoid walking or driving through floodwaters.
The security environment in Afghanistan remains complex. Professional security advice and support should be sought prior to travel.
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