Heavy flooding in northern and eastern Afghanistan has killed at least 100 people, as the deluge ravaged large parts of Charikar city, the capital of Parwan province, officials have said.
Wahida Shahkar, spokeswoman for Parwan province, said on Wednesday the number of casualties may rise as rescue teams work to locate people buried under destroyed houses.
Containing the incident and helping the affected families was beyond the capacity of the local government, and the central government should step in quickly, Shahkar said.
Many children were among the dead in Charikar, which was hit by heavy rains overnight, the Ministry of Disaster Management said in a statement.
Ahmad Jan, a resident of Shahrak-Malimin village in Parwan province, said most people are still stuck under the rubble of their houses.
“More than 50 houses in his area are completely damaged. Don’t know how many have died but most people are under their roofs. It was early morning, so most people were sleeping. Rescue team is helping take out dead bodies and injured,” Jan told Al Jazeera.
Afghans rescue people after heavy flooding in Parwan province [Rahmat Gul/AP]
Police and rescue teams have been deployed amid the worst disaster to have hit Parwan.
“It was early morning when the flood hit our area. Most people were asleep. A lot of people are dead including women and children. Officials say 50-60 people are dead but its a lot more than that,” Ismatullah, a resident Dasht-e-Opyan district of Parwan, told Al Jazeera.
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani ordered delivery of aid to Parwan and other provinces while expressing his condolences to the victims’ families.
Ahmad Tameem Azimi, spokesman for the disaster management ministry, said flooding blocked the highways to eastern and northern provinces.
“Along with rescuing people, we are working to open the highways back to the traffic,” he said.
Azimi said at least 300 houses were destroyed in Parwan and more than a thousand people displaced. He said ground and air support sent to help those trapped by the flooding had reached the provinces.