Snowfall, heavy rain in Afghanistan kill at least 3
Severe weather, including heavy snowfall and rain, has caused devastation in nine provinces across Afghanistan, claiming at least three lives, including that of a child. The affected provinces are Balkh, Zabul, Faryab, Uruzgan, Nimroz, Nangarhar, Kunar, Nuristan, and Laghman.
According to Shafiullah Rahimi, a spokesman from the Ministry of Disaster Management, the extreme weather conditions have also injured seven people and caused widespread damage. More than 750 homes have been partially or completely destroyed, while farmland has been ruined.
The government is providing basic necessities to affected families, including food, tents, and blankets. Teams are also being sent to the affected areas to assess the extent of the damage.
In addition to the recent severe weather, Afghanistan has also been hit by a 6.5 magnitude earthquake, which struck on Tuesday. The quake claimed 10 lives and injured 60 others. It also damaged 800 homes across the country.
This is not the first time that Afghanistan has experienced such a tragedy. In June of last year, a powerful earthquake struck a rugged and mountainous region of eastern Afghanistan, claiming the lives of at least 1,000 people and injuring an estimated 1,500 others. Thousands of homes were flattened as a result.
The recent severe weather and natural disasters have highlighted the vulnerability of Afghanistan’s infrastructure and the need for greater disaster preparedness. The government and international organizations must work together to provide assistance and support to those affected, and to help build resilience against future disasters.
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