140,000 now affected by continued flooding in Afghanistan

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Jens Laerke. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

Further flash floods in northern Afghanistan over the weekend have affected thousands of homes, according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs or OCHA, which has been organizing emergency relief since flood waters engulfed many villages in the north of the country in April.

Initial reports from the latest flooding in the Faryab province say that some 6,000 houses have been destroyed, livestock has drowned, and agricultural land, roads and bridges have been washed away.

The number of people affected by recent flooding in Afghanistan now stands at 140,000 in 27 provinces, an increase of about 15,000 since last estimations were made on the 22nd of May.

Jens Laerke, spokesperson for the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, says that preventing the spread of disease is top priority:

"In the newly flooded areas, the focus for immediate relief will again be clean water, sanitation and hygiene to reduce the risk of waterborne diseases. As of today, no outbreak of malaria, cholera or acute watery diarrhoea has been reported."

OCHA says that 16,000 families in areas affected by the heavy rains and floods a month ago have already received emergency aid and that enough relief supplies are in Afghanistan to help thousands more in need.

Nicki Chadwick, United Nations, Geneva.

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