Thousands of lives struck by floods in Afghanistan

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Kabul: Flash floods in the mountainous area of northern Afghanistan has affected around 25,000 children, now in urgent need of assistance in the aftermath, according to Save the Children. Dozens are still missing after the flooding Thursday, triggered by heavy rain and melting snow, in Jawzjan, Faryab and Sar-e-Pul provinces, Afghanistan’s Natural Disaster Management Agency said.

So far, 123 people have been killed, and dozens more missing. Aid agencies spent the weekend working to save thousands of children and families who are without homes, food and drinking water. Even though the operation is ongoing, effected families are complaining of lack of tents, drinking water and food.

At least 40,000 people have been affected after a large body of water swept through the area. Afghan government, NGOs and the Turkish government have delivered relief supplies in warehouses, distributing blankets, water and fresh bread to the worst-affected in Faryab, Sarepul, and Jawzjan provinces.

So far, Save the Children has reached over 5,000 people with water, bread, hygiene and household items, as well as tarpaulins. “It was fortunate that our warehouses were so close to the worst-affected areas, so that we were able to respond as quickly as we have to assist the worst-affected children and their families,” said Onno van Manen, Program Director for Save the Children in Afghanistan.

The organisation is now working round the clock to distribute hygiene and household items, tarpaulin for shelter, blankets, and fresh drinking water.