JALALABAD (Pajhwok): Flash floods unleashed by heavy downpours killed five people, injured as many, destroyed more than 500 homes and devastated crops on thousands of acres of land in eastern Nangarhar province, official said on Monday.
The affected people say they suffered huge financial losses and they need urgent help.
Officials of Nangarhar say five people died and five others were injured due to recent rains and subsequent flooding in Jalalabad city, Sararud, Batikot, Kot, Rodat, Achin, Spinghar and Kuzkunar districts.
The Department of Information and Culture confirmed the floods had destroyed more than five hundred houses and swept away crops on thousands of acres of land in the mentioned areas.
In this regard, Sediqullah Qureshi, head of press coordination at provincial Department of Information and Culture, told Pajhwok: “Due to the floods, our countrymen suffered heavy financial losses besides some casualties. The worst hit is Batikot district where crops on hundreds of acres were destroyed”.
Mirzauddin, a resident of Balbagh area of Sararud district, told Pajhwok that all the rooms of his house had collapsed and he had sent his children to neighbors. He demanded help from the government and aid agencies.
Ikramullah, a farmer in Batikot district, said: “My six acres of farmland was destroyed by floods. Many houses in our area have been damaged due to floods. A house collapsed in the area, burying two cows and all belongings under the debris.The floods have caused a lot of damage.”
Residents of Nangarhar demand that the government should provide urgent assistance and shelter to the flood-affected families.
Hamid Mahmoudi, a civil society activist, said he had received information from various districts that people had lost everything to the flooding, asking the government to provide urgent assistance to the people.
The officials of Nangarhar assure that the Natural Disasters Management Authority has started surveying all the affected families in order to assist them.
According to reports, floods destroyed highways in Nangarhar and some other provinces and caused financial and life losses to the people.