Hundreds Displaced, Houses Washed Away in Badakhshan Floods

Nearly three hundred families have been displaced and over hundred houses were washed away as a result of flash floods in northeastern Badakhshan, officials said Friday.

The flooding which began Wednesday from Shuhada district in Badakhshan has possibly left several people dead as a number of villagers have gone missing, according to the local officials.

“My husband is missing,” a woman who is left homeless told TOLOnews. “I don’t know where my husband is, either trapped in the rubble or has been washed away.”

Meanwhile, the displaced families complained to have not received any assistance from the government or aid agencies.

“We have no food, no shelter and no clothes,” another displaced woman said.

The villagers said over a thousand hectares of crops were also destroyed.

Provincial Council members, meanwhile, also admitted zero assistance to the affected families.

The provincial lawmakers warned many others villages were also on the verge of being hit by the floods.

“We raised our voice for assistance at the very beginning of the disaster. If the affected families do not receive aid, we will likely witness a huge human tragedy,” the district governor Abdul Maroof Khairkhowah said.

A number of women and children were in a very bad condition, he added.

But the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) officials said the aid packages considered for the affected families would be delivered soon to the area.

“We have prepared food and tents which are on the way towards the affected area,” NDMA director in Badakhshan Sayed Abdullah Hamayoun Dehqan said.

According to the locals, a number of children were in bad condition who they said had been sheltering on the mountains.

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