JALALABAD (Pajhwok): At least 321 people stuck in floodwater in different areas of eastern Nangarhar and Laghman provinces have been rescued by helicopters and shifted to safer places, officials said on Friday.
Heavy rains unleashed floods in Nangarhar and Laghman provinces, causing casualties and financial losses to people.
Khalid Bin Waleed Corps spokesman Maulvi Wahidullah Mohammadi told Pajhwok Afghan News that the corps commander had directed all relevant brigades and units including the air force to be ready for rescue operations.
He said relevant officials had been instructed to immediately reach the flood-affected areas and assist the affected people in every manner.
He said 321 people who were marooned following heavy rains were shifted to safer areas by helicopters from different areas of Nangarhar and Laghman provinces since last night.
He said the corps started rescue operations with support of the Air Force since last night and had so far rescued a large number of people along with their household goods and animals.
He said many people were trapped in the water in different areas of Jalalabad city, Behsud, Kama and Momand Dara districts of Nangarhar and in Qarghai district and Mehtarlam city of Laghman located near the Kabul river.
Khudaidad, a resident of Kama district, told Pajhwok that a number of Gujjar families were trapped in the Dobel area of Sangar Sarai but they were rescued by a helicopter.
Mirwais, a resident of Jalalabad city, also told Pajhwok that helicopters of the National Army were flying over the Kabul River since last night, rescuing people.
So far during the past one month, 182 people have died, 250 people are injured and more than 3000 houses destroyed as a result of floods caused by heavy rains in different provinces of the country.