Thursday May 16, 2024

Islamic Relief has launched an emergency response as flash floods in Baghlan province, Northern Afghanistan, caused widespread destruction on Friday, 10 May 2024. The floods triggered by days of torrential rain resulted in the deaths of more than 300 people, 1,600 injuries, and the displacement of countless families. The loss of at least 1,000 livestock and the destruction of entire communities call for immediate action.

Adding to the urgency is Afghanistan’s existing food crisis, which has left thousands already battling severe hunger. Families who have lost their homes and livelihoods now face the harsh possibility of starvation, pushing them further into despair.

Umair Hasan, Islamic Relief’s Country Director in Afghanistan, says: “Huge rivers of water and mud suddenly swept through villages, destroying vital farmland and washing away people’s fragile homes. Many people are reportedly still missing, and the number of people affected could still rise. There are many urgent needs, but people have been left homeless and hungry, so shelter and food are particularly critical.

Islamic Relief has mobilised its resources to address the immediate needs of the affected population. Plans are underway to provide families with food, shelter, water, and other basic supplies. This will ensure access to the essentials for survival. Hygiene kits are also distributed to prevent the spread of water-borne diseases, which often follow in the wake of floods.

The floods have deepened the suffering of a people already reeling from several natural disasters and economic hardships. Droughts, earthquakes, and now floods have left communities in ruins. The situation in Afghanistan is dire, and urgent humanitarian aid is needed to address their needs.

Despite the challenges, Islamic Relief remains committed to supporting the most under-resourced and affected communities in Afghanistan. With ongoing projects in Baghlan province, we were well-positioned to deliver aid where it is needed most. Efforts will target families who have lost their homes and extend to vulnerable groups in the region.

The situation remains dire, with search and rescue efforts hindered by inaccessible areas and warnings of a rising death toll. As our teams are responding, we emphasise the need for urgent assistance to meet both immediate and long-term needs.

As the full extent of the disaster unfolds, let us keep the people of Afghanistan in our duas. We are urged to support the people of Afghanistan in their time of need, providing assistance and hope to communities devastated by disaster.

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