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Floods in Afghanistan, heavy rains kill 22, destroy hundreds of homes

KABUL — Heavy rain and flooding have killed 22 people, destroyed hundreds of homes and damaged crops in Afghanistan, which is already facing a humanitarian crisis, a civil protection official said Thursday.

The Taliban government, which is struggling to deal with the disaster affecting more than a third of its provinces, will turn to international aid agencies for help, officials said.

“Due to flooding and storms in 12 provinces, 22 people have died and 40 have been injured,” said Hassibullah Shekhani, director of communications and information at Afghanistan’s National Disaster Management Agency.

Rain and flooding were particularly severe in the western provinces of Badghis and Faryab and in the northern province of Baghlan.

Afghanistan has suffered from droughts in recent years, exacerbated by climate change, with poor crop yields raising fears of serious food shortages overseas after the Taliban took power in August and US-led forces withdrew.

An Afghan child rides a bicycle during the floods in Kabul.
An Afghan child rides a bicycle during the floods in Kabul.
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According to Shekhani, 500 homes were destroyed, 2,000 damaged, 300 head of livestock killed and around 3,000 acres of crops damaged.

He said the International Committee of the Red Cross would help and officials would turn to other international organizations for help.

The international community is wrestling with how to help the country of around 40 million people without benefiting the Taliban.

An Afghan worker pushes a wheelbarrow in Kabul's Old Market on a rainy day.
An Afghan worker pushes a wheelbarrow in Kabul’s Old Market on a rainy day.
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