23 (EUROPA PRESS)
A series of flash floods that have occurred over the past 72 hours in the Afghan province of Maidan Wardak, in the center of the country, have left at least 31 dead, 74 injured, more than 40 missing and enormous material damage, Taliban authorities have confirmed.
The last flood of this past night has surprised the residents of the town of Jalrez, who were sleeping when the torrent of water reached their homes. Local officials point to a minimum of twelve deaths in this town alone, where more than a hundred homes have been damaged, as well as roads and agricultural land.
According to the latest balance provided by the spokesman for the Taliban Ministry for Disaster Management, Shafiulá Rahimi, last night’s flood followed two others that occurred on Friday and Saturday in other areas of the province. In the last four months, floods have left 214 dead and 320 injured across the country.
The Taliban head of the agency in Maidan Wardak, Faizulá Jalali, to the AMU TV network, had warned that damage still remains to be assessed in other towns in the area such as Chak, Syed Abad, Nerj and Jaghatu, so the number of deaths could increase in the next few hours.
For his part, the Deputy Minister of Information and main spokesman for the Taliban movement, Zabiulá Mujahid, has called on aid agencies to provide emergency support to the victims.