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Nature’s fury: Badakhshan floods leave 5 dead, 25 injured

Nature’s fury: Badakhshan floods leave 5 dead, 25 injured

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Jul 11, 2017 - 18:19

FAIZABAD (Pajhwok): Flash floods triggered by heavy monsoon rains left five people dead and another 25 wounded in two districts of northeastern Badakhshan province, local officials said on Tuesday.

Mohammad Ismail Qayoumi, Nasi district chief, said the rains-induced flooding in four villages of the district had destroyed and inundated 61 residential homes and partially damaged 42 others.

He said the flooding in Nasi and Shaki districts had killed five people and injured 25 others, with another eight people missing.

The official said people fled homes and moved to high areas and mountains in neighbouring villages to save their lives but they were currently facing shortage of food.

Mullahinfo-icon Fakhruddin, a resident of Shaki district, said the floods over the past three days caused heavy damages to two villages and killed three people and injured 16 others in the district. He said of the 27 homes in Bikhwa village, only one home stayed intact and the rest were washed away by floodwater.

Qadruddin, a resident of Zaghar village in Nasi district, said if dams established on the Amu River breached, it would sweep away about 16 other villages located on the river’s banks in Nasi, Shaki and Khawahan districts.

Sayed Abdullah Homayoon Dehqan, natural disaster management department head, said the emergency committee and aid institutions would hold a meeting today on how to manage and respond to the situation in the two districts.

He said the meeting would decide about relief items to be dispatched to the affected families. “Yesterday, we sent two helicopters loaded with tents, blankets and some cash for victim families in Rawanak village of Shaki district. Five injured in the village were also transferred to Faizabad hospital for treatment.”

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