Heavy rains triggered floods kill four, wash away crops
07 September, 2012
KABUL: Four people were killed and three others wounded in floods triggered by heavy rains in central and eastern Afghanistan, officials said on Thursday.
In Laghman province, three children were killed and standing crops damaged by rains and floods that began late on Wednesday, the gubernatorial spokesman told Pajhwok Afghan News.
Sarhadi Zwak said the flooding left dead a 12-year-old boy and an 8-year-old girl in Alingar district. A third child was killed in the Sheikhan village.
Dozens of houses were damaged in Mehtarlam, the provincial capital, and Qarghayee district, according to the official, who said the governor had ordered the authorities to help the affected people.
Ahmad Zia Abdulzai, the Nangarhar governor's spokesman, said crops were harmed in Hesarak, Sherzad and Khogyani districts of the province.
Hesarak Development Council head Dr. Mohammad Naeem said the floods had killed 22 domestic animals and washed away crops on 750 acres of land in Zarifkhel, Mohammadi, Yaghi Band, Garo, Nawar, Chartoot and Kasi areas of the district.
The flooding damaged at least 15 houses in the Sabzul Lamak area of Salang district in central Parwan province, provincial council member Abdul Zahir Salangi said.
He added a 14-year-old boy was killed and his mother and two other people were injured in the flash floods that destroyed several small water dams and nine kilometers of roads.
A mosque and three vehicles were washed away in the Manjawar area on the outskirts of Bazarak, the capital of central Panjsher province, Deputy Governor Abdul Rahman Kabiri said.
The floods also caused damage to some small dams, crops over dozens of acres of land and 15 micro-hydro electric power stations in the Dohama Hisa district, he added.
Meanwhile, nearly 50 houses and crops on 40 acres of land were washed away in the Koh Band area of Mahmud Raqi, the capital city of Kapisa province, said the provincial head of the Afghanistan Natural Disaster Management Authority, Javed Malikyar.
The authority had informed villagers in advance to vacate homes during rains. Malikyar said after the warning, some villagers moved to nearby hills and others took refuge with relatives in other places.