AGL 5.50 Decreased By ▼ -0.10 (-1.79%)
ANL 8.80 Decreased By ▼ -0.10 (-1.12%)
AVN 76.10 Decreased By ▼ -0.88 (-1.14%)
BOP 5.20 Decreased By ▼ -0.05 (-0.95%)
CNERGY 4.54 Decreased By ▼ -0.11 (-2.37%)
EFERT 81.48 Increased By ▲ 0.26 (0.32%)
EPCL 49.99 Decreased By ▼ -0.04 (-0.08%)
FCCL 12.37 Decreased By ▼ -0.79 (-6%)
FFL 5.56 Decreased By ▼ -0.14 (-2.46%)
FLYNG 6.91 Decreased By ▼ -0.19 (-2.68%)
FNEL 4.70 Decreased By ▼ -0.06 (-1.26%)
GGGL 8.58 Decreased By ▼ -0.22 (-2.5%)
GGL 14.45 Decreased By ▼ -0.15 (-1.03%)
HUMNL 5.60 Decreased By ▼ -0.07 (-1.23%)
KEL 2.55 Decreased By ▼ -0.08 (-3.04%)
LOTCHEM 28.25 Decreased By ▼ -0.40 (-1.4%)
MLCF 23.99 Decreased By ▼ -0.70 (-2.84%)
OGDC 71.58 Decreased By ▼ -0.93 (-1.28%)
PAEL 15.08 Decreased By ▼ -0.29 (-1.89%)
PIBTL 4.90 Decreased By ▼ -0.08 (-1.61%)
PRL 15.86 Decreased By ▼ -0.34 (-2.1%)
SILK 1.06 Decreased By ▼ -0.01 (-0.93%)
TELE 9.01 Decreased By ▼ -0.19 (-2.07%)
TPL 7.10 Decreased By ▼ -0.15 (-2.07%)
TPLP 18.45 Decreased By ▼ -0.25 (-1.34%)
TREET 21.38 Decreased By ▼ -0.32 (-1.47%)
TRG 134.75 Decreased By ▼ -1.80 (-1.32%)
UNITY 16.73 Decreased By ▼ -0.29 (-1.7%)
WAVES 9.69 Decreased By ▼ -0.20 (-2.02%)
WTL 1.38 Decreased By ▼ -0.03 (-2.13%)
BR100 4,168 Decreased By -57.1 (-1.35%)
BR30 15,326 Decreased By -191.9 (-1.24%)
KSE100 41,694 Decreased By -456.3 (-1.08%)
KSE30 15,410 Decreased By -178.5 (-1.15%)
Follow us

At least eight children were killed in floods that swept away houses in central and eastern Afghanistan this week, the United Nations' children's agency said on Tuesday, adding that more children were missing.

The United Nations is deploying response teams in eastern Afghanistan to provide aid to thousands of people who lost homes, livestock and crops in severe flash flooding that has hit the country since last week.

UNICEF's spokesperson in Afghanistan, Samantha Mort, said the child death toll could rise, and more children were missing and injured in the chaos wrecked by the floods.

Taliban administration disaster authorities have said at least 20 people were killed and appealed to the international community for help.

Afghanistan has been reeling from natural disasters this year, including a drought and a massive earthquake that killed over 1,000 people in June, with the nation largely cut off from the international financial system since the Taliban took over a year ago.

Flash floods kill 20 in eastern Afghan province

In rural areas, villages have been destroyed and thousands have lost their livestock and crops, exacerbating the country's hunger crisis. UNICEF aid workers said they were concerned over the risk of outbreaks of water-borne diseases such as cholera due to contaminated drinking water.

In the eastern city of Jalalabad, central urban areas were not spared destruction, UNICEF aid workers said. Water up to two metres high knocked down walls, destroyed belongings and left a thick layer of mud throughout inundated neighbourhoods.

"We can't emphasise enough how destructive the floods have been. … So much infrastructure has been affected, (including) schools. People have been repeatedly displaced, they're afraid to even go back to their old homes," said Veronica Houser, a UNICEF aid worker in Jalalabad.

One mother in Jalalabad lost three children after a torrent of water hit their house at night last week, causing it to collapse. Her two surviving children were showing signs of fear and distress, Houser said, adding that trauma among flood survivors was a concern and UNICEF had sent teams to provide mental health support to the worst-affected families.

Comments

Comments are closed.

Eight children dead, more missing as flooding destroys Afghan homes

Big tax defaulters: FBR to auction off properties, trademarks

Intra-day update: rupee registers improvement against US dollar

JPL seeks exemption from IFRS-9

Govt urges Turkiye to expedite TGA

UAE, Ukraine to start talks on bilateral trade deal

Oil prices rise after OPEC+ keeps output cut targets, China eases COVID curbs

Cotton arrival falls 40% year-on-year

Engro Corp to pursue potential investment opportunity in tower infrastructure sector

Pakistani embassy in Kabul: IS-KP claims responsibility for attack

Sindh will rise again against ‘the tyrant’: IK