At least 50 dead in floods in Afghanistan

Floods in Afghanistan

Floods in Afghanistan

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At least 50 people have died in floods caused by heavy rains in central Afghanistan, officials said.

Authorities in Ghor province say a number of others are missing after people ran to safety on higher ground just minutes before they were hit by the waters, the BBC reports.

They say the floods have also killed thousands of livestock, destroyed around 2,000 homes and damaged many more.

The new spell of heavy rain follows widespread flooding in northern and central areas this week.

More than 300 people died last week, according to UN and Taliban officials, after unusually heavy rains destroyed many villages in the north.

This has left most of the agricultural land covered in thick mud in a country where 80% of more than 40 million people depend on agriculture.

UN agencies have warned that the death toll in recent floods could rise as rescue efforts become more difficult.

The heavy rain has come after the country experienced a prolonged period of drought earlier in the year. Climate analysts say Afghanistan - already war-torn and estranged from the world since the Taliban took power in 2022 - is one of the least prepared countries to deal with the impacts of climate change.

Afghanistan's meteorological department has warned of more rain and possible flooding in all provinces of the country.