Nuristan Floods Leave 113 People Dead
Heavy rainfall over the past few days in Kamdesh district of Nuristan province caused floods and as a result of which 113 people were killed. The floods have completely destroyed the village of Mirdesh in Kamdesh district. The village is located six kilometers from the center of Kamdesh district.
Afghan Voice Agency (AVA)_, the governor of , told Hashte Subh daily that 113 people, including women and children, were killed and dozens more were injured in the floods on Wednesday night. The governor of Nuristan added, “At least 173 houses have been flooded and the bodies of 113 people have been found in the rubble.”
On the other hand, Ahmad Tamim Azimi, the spokesman of the State Ministry for Disaster Management, said that according to the initial report of the Nuristan Disaster Management Department, another 140 people have disappeared due to the floods.
Qayyum stated that as a result of the floods, 11,000 acres of land, 10 mills, a mosque, 10 shops, 50 small electricity dams and six other bridges were destroyed. According to him, the residents of Kamdesh are facing many challenges and the local government of Nuristan is trying to help the families as a matter of urgency. Qayyum said, “A has occurred in . Our teams and aid agencies are currently working to provide food and shelter to the affected families.” According to Qayyum, the presence of the Taliban in the area has hampered the process of providing aid to the government and aid agencies.
The Taliban, meanwhile, has issued a statement saying its members will help the people in any way possible. The group claims that their finance commission has allocated five million afghanis to help the flood victims. Meanwhile, Saeedullah Nuristani, head of the Nuristan Provincial Council, said that a humanitarian catastrophe had occurred in Mirdesh village, Kamdesh district, and that all aid agencies should work with the flood victims. Nuristani acknowledged that the floods had destroyed the entire village and that no one from the village was left to bury the dead.
“More than 100 people have died in the village of Mirdesh,” the head of the Nuristan Provincial Council told Hashte Subh daily. “There is no one to bury them now, and at the moment there is no one in the area to help the injured people except the paramilitary teams.” A number of members of the Nuristan Provincial Council are calling on government and international aid agencies to provide immediate assistance to the affected people in Kamdesh district.
On Sunday too, Nuristan will see rain. The Meteorological Department of the Civil Aviation Authority forecast that 10 provinces of the country will see heavy rains with on Sunday. These provinces include Nuristan, Kunar, Nangarhar, Laghman, Khost, Paktia, Paktika, Panjshir and Logar, including Salang pass in Parwan province. Rainfall in these provinces is expected to be between 10 and 30 mm.
Meanwhile, in other news, grape yields in province have increased significantly compared to last year. Officials at the Balkh Department of Agriculture said that grape yields have increased by about 30 percent this year compared to last year. Mohammad Salem Saei, director of agriculture in Balkh, said that between 15 and 18 metric grapes per hectare will be harvested this year.
Saei states that the reason for the increase in grape yields in Balkh is the provision of regular training to farmers, the construction of new vineyards, standardization of grape growing and distribution of modified grape vines to farmers. Balkh has 3,500 hectares of vineyards and 25 types of grapes are grown in this province. Balkh is one of the provinces in northern Afghanistan where most of the inhabitants are engaged in agriculture, animal husbandry and horticulture. are one of the agricultural items in the province from which farmers earn a good income every year. In recent years, more than 100 vineyards have been established in Balkh, and the province has become a good market for northern grapes. Saei stated that the yield per hectare of land in Balkh is between 15 to 18 metric tons of grapes. He adds that the market is also good for grapes and this fruit has good value in the market.