Over 150 deaths from floods in Afghanistan

Heavy floods in the north and east of Afghanistan have killed 150 people in the last two days. An unknown number of people have been injured and many people are missing. Dozens of people have also died in neighbouring Pakistan.

Flooding is caused by heavy rainfall and mudslides. Rocks came loose and destroyed houses. Survivors are sought under the mud and the rubble of collapsed houses. Policemen and soldiers help in that search, says a spokesman for Parwan province, in northeastern Afghanistan.

The hospital in the provincial capital of Charikar has been partly destroyed and wounded are taken from there to Kabul, says the Ministry of Health. Rescuers are trying to make roads passable again. In a video, President Ghani promised to support people who have lost their families and homes.


District officials tell Reuters news agency that Taliban fighters killed four civilians fleeing from areas most affected by the floods.