Sudden flood in Afghanistan kills 80, many missing
Published: 02:05 PM, 30 July 2021
A sudden mountain slope in the remote Kamdesh of Nuristan province has caused severe flood in a village in eastern Afghanistan; Photo: Collected
A flash flood has killed at least 80 people in a village in eastern Afghanistan. Hundreds of people are missing in this incident. About 200 houses have been destroyed in the village.
The administration confirmed on Thursday the news of a “sudden mountain slope” in the remote Kamdesh of Nuristan province, the New York Times reported, mentioned many people “died at sleep” while getting stuck due to floodwater and mud at midnight local time on Wednesday.
Villagers recovered the bodies of 80 people till Thursday night. The administration fears that “200 lives could be lost”.
The flood victims said no help had reached the village even after one day. Even the bodies recovered in the flood cannot be buried due to a shortage of coffins and other arrangements.
The disaster-stricken region is currently under control by the Taliban, an armed political group in Afghanistan. The group claims that the death toll from the floods has reached 150.
Nuristan Governor Hafiz Abdul Qayum said his administration could not send aid to the village without the group’s cooperation, saying “it was under Taliban control”.
The Taliban’s aggression is intensifying intending to establish full control in Afghanistan. The Taliban’s ability to establish effective governance in the two-decade-old war-torn and foreign-funded country has been called into question.
In such a situation, the floods in Kamdesh are being seen as a “litmus test” for the Taliban. Many are looking to the Taliban’s relief efforts in the occupied territories as evidence of good governance.
The Taliban has claimed rescue workers have already been sent to assist in the rescue operation. At the same time, they have promised to provide relief worth $62,000.
The local administration has called on the Taliban to allow relief to enter the flood-hit village. But relief workers could not get in until Thursday afternoon. They said the Taliban “controlled all access to the village”.
Disaster management authorities from neighboring Kunar and Laghman provinces are also working to send rescue teams to the village.
Meanwhile, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said in a statement on Thursday evening that the relief workers and rescue workers are “welcomed” to the village.