UN says heavy rains, floods kill 20 in southern Afghanistan

A boy walks inside what is left of a home that was damaged by heavy rains in Kandahar province, south of Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, March, 3, 2019. The U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said at least 20 people have died as heavy rains and flooding over the past few days swept away their homes and cars in southern Afghanistan's Kandahar province. The U.N. humanitarian agency said on Saturday night that at least 10 people, including children, remain missing. (AP Photo/Sidiqullah Khan)

KABUL, Afghanistan — A U.N. humanitarian agency says at least 20 people died as heavy rains and flooding over the past few days swept away their homes and cars in Afghanistan's southern Kandahar province.

The U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said on Saturday night that at least 10 people, including children, remain missing. OCHA's statement says up to 2,000 homes are believed to have been damaged.

The local governor's office says the flooding was the worst in Kandahar in at least seven years and that heavy snowfall continues, hampering rescue efforts.

Heavy snowfall across Afghanistan this winter has cut off many areas and raised fears of severe flood in the spring. So far this year, nearly 50 people died in floods.

People also read these

The Latest: Lawmaker says several killed in Kabul...

Jun 2, 2017

Lawmaker says several protesters killed in Kabul during protest over security in Afghan capital

Third time's charm on visas for Afghan girls...

Jul 13, 2017

Third time's the charm for war-torn Afghanistan's all girls team who have been applying for U.S....

Taliban suicide car bombing in Kabul kills 24...

Jul 24, 2017

Taliban suicide car bombing targets minibus with Afghan government employees, killing 24

The Latest: 2 US troops killed in Afghanistan...

Aug 2, 2017

Two U.S. service members were killed in a suicide bombing attack on a NATO convoy near Kandarhar in...

Young Afghans see opportunities dwindle as...

Aug 16, 2017

Young Afghans face dwindling opportunities, mounting fears as security unravels

About Us

Get all the up-to-date breaking news about politics, business, entertainment, sports, lifestyles, weather, traffic, and local news in a seamless digital environment only in Morning Dispatcher.

Contact us: sales[at]morningdispatcher.com

Subscribe Now!

Quick Links

HomePress