Afghanistan's Baghlan ravaged by flash floods: 200 lives lost, children bear brunt

The affected region encompasses five districts in Baghlan, where around 600,000 people reside, including an estimated 310,000 children.

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Satyam Singh
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Flash floods wreak havoc in Baghlan, Northern Afghanistan, claiming the lives of at least 200 people, including innocent children, and leaving numerous others injured. The calamity has resulted in the destruction or damage of thousands of homes, with many areas inaccessible due to flooding.

The affected region encompasses five districts in Baghlan, where around 600,000 people reside, including an estimated 310,000 children. The floods have left families devastated, with children bearing the brunt of the disaster.

Urgent aid for children

Save the Children springs into action, dispatching a 'clinic on wheels' equipped with mobile health and child protection teams to provide vital support to affected children and their families.

Arshad Malik, Country Director for Save the Children in Afghanistan, expresses profound concern, stating, "Lives and livelihoods have been washed away. Children have lost everything, and families are grappling with the aftermath of both the floods and the prolonged drought."

Series of disasters  

Afghanistan reeled from a series of calamities over the past two months, with nearly 13,000 people impacted by extreme weather-induced disasters, including floods and landslides, since the beginning of the year.

Climate crisis and vulnerability

Afghanistan ranks among the world's most climate-affected nations but remains ill-prepared to tackle the climate crisis effectively. The international community is urged to allocate more aid to address both immediate and long-term consequences, focusing on disaster preparedness, mitigation, and community resilience.