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Grief-stricken Afghan survivors call for more support amid fears of more flooding

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Grief-stricken Afghan survivors call for more support amid fears of more flooding

2024-05-27 16:40 Last Updated At:20:27

The families of flood victims in Afghanistan are mourning the loss of loved ones following a spate of deadly flooding, with affected residents urging the Taliban-led government and international relief organizations to help relocate them to safer areas amid fears further disaster could be on the way.

Flash floods swept across several regions of central and northern Afghanistan in early May, claiming hundreds of lives and displacing countless others.

One of the worst affected areas was the Sheikh Jalal village in the northeastern province of Baghlan, which saw over 40 people killed and dozens of others severely injured. At least 200 houses were destroyed, and several victims are still reported missing.

Local resident Saheb Khan, who was married just eight months ago, said his family were hit by tragedy during the devastating floods.

"I was able to rescue five family members but unfortunately four of my loved ones lost their lives. The floods destroyed our house, but I saved myself and five other family members," said Khan.

Khan's family was already living a hard life. Like thousands of others in the villages of the Markazi Baghlan District, they lack clean drinking water, electricity and other essential needs, and the fear of another flood is only prolonging their psychological trauma.

Khan's mother Noor Begum is still grieving the tragic loss of loved ones. Though the surviving family members all want to be together, they know they will have to find a much safer place to house them.

"I saw the floods hit neighboring houses. I was barely able to rush toward the upper side of the house, to a side room in the corner. I saw the children but wasn't able to reach them," said Begum.

Many affected families are now living in tents provided by relief organizations, and they all have heart wrenching stories to tell.

"I was standing, stuck in the floods, desperately trying to rescue my baby. My child was floating in the water," said Gul Dasta, another flood survivor.

Victims are urging local authorities and other relief agencies to provide support by relocating them to more suitable shelters, with many still scarred by the impact of the disaster they faced.

Grief-stricken Afghan survivors call for more support amid fears of more flooding

Grief-stricken Afghan survivors call for more support amid fears of more flooding

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Rescue, relief operations underway as seasonal floods hit parts of China

2024-06-20 23:19 Last Updated At:06-21 00:17

Rescue and relief operations are underway to mitigate the impact of seasonal flooding across China.

South China's Guangdong Province has mobilized emergency forces to the hardest-hit areas, such as Pingyuan County and Jiaoling County in the province's Meizhou City, where clearance and repair works on flood-damaged roads are underway.

The provincial emergency aviation rescue center also dispatched helicopters to rescue trapped or injured people and deliver generators, food, drinking water and other supplies to flooded villages.

Wuping County, another hard-hit area in east China's Fujian Province, also dispatched emergency management and transportation teams, who rushed to the scene in speedboats and rubber boats carrying life jackets and other rescue equipment and supplies.

The county also mobilized nearly 300 excavators, forklifts and other machinery to assist in the evacuation of more than 68,000 people.

Water levels in some sections of three of the four major rivers in central China's Hunan Province, the Xiangjiang, Zijiang and Yuanjiang Rivers, have risen by three to 7.5 meters due to continuous rainfall, causing floods in surrounding areas.

Faced with flooding, neighboring areas have taken strict preventive measures, and more than 23,000 residents have been evacuated.

Rainfall also lashed east China's Anhui Province, with torrential rain hitting the province's Huangshan City, causing floods and trapping many rural residents.

Nearly 900 emergency rescue teams in the city are currently carrying out rescue and disaster relief operations while transferring affected people to safe locations.

Many rivers in south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region also saw rivers exceeding flood alert levels, causing flooding in the region's Guilin City. Emergency responders have evacuated stranded people, and helped get traffic flowing again in urban area as the floods recede.

East China's Jiangxi Province is also closely monitoring key zones such as mountainous areas, reservoirs, and rivers to provide real-time disaster warnings, stepping up efforts to identify risks and hidden dangers.

China's State Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters on Thursday initiated a Level-IV emergency response in Anhui and Hubei and Chongqong Municipality.

China has a four-tier flood-control emergency-response system, with Level I being the most severe response.

The Ministry of Emergency Management also urgently allocated 30,000 pieces of central disaster relief supplies to Guangxi in coordination with relevant departments.

The Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Water Resources said on Wednesday that it had allocated central fiscal water conservancy disaster relief funds of 916 million yuan (126.16 million U.S. dollars).

Guangdong, Fujian and Guangxi will get 499 million yuan from the total to support flood disaster relief and flood prevention works, with a focus on providing subsidies for the repair of damaged water infrastructure.

Rescue, relief operations underway as seasonal floods hit parts of China

Rescue, relief operations underway as seasonal floods hit parts of China

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