KABUL: Flash flooding killed 150 folks in a distant space in Afghanistan’s mountainous northeastern Nuristan province managed by the Taliban, a spokesman for the insurgents stated Thursday. The provincial authorities appealed to the Taliban to permit rescue groups into the realm to assist. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahed stated heavy rains late Wednesday triggered the flash flooding.
In an announcement, Mujahid stated the insurgents ordered their very own rescue crews to the affected space. He additionally stated the Taliban have additionally ordered that 5 million Afghanis or about USD 62,000 be spent aiding the clear up and the villagers affected by the flooding. However, it’s unclear how geared up the Taliban are to cope with emergencies in areas underneath their management, that are largely rural areas.
“We’re calling on the general public to supply as a lot assist as they will to the affected folks of Merdesh village,” Mujahid stated in the assertion, including that charitable organizations are additionally being requested to help.
Reports reaching Parun, the Nuristan provincial capital, stated water had inundated Merdesh. The village is positioned in Nuristan’s Kamdesh district, not removed from the border with neighboring Pakistan. The provincial governor’s spokesman, Mohammad Sayed Mohmand, stated the flooding destroyed at the very least 100 houses. Mohmand stated he had acquired studies of 60 useless however that the dying toll is probably going a lot increased.
Nuristan is a mountainous area and the Taliban management giant swaths of the province. Mohmand stated dozens of households fled the flooding to the neighbouring Kunar area. In the Afghan capital of Kabul, Ahmad Samim Azimi, spokesman for the catastrophe administration ministry, stated they’ve studies of at the very least 100 useless. The Nuristan authorities appealed to the Taliban to permit rescue groups into their space to supply assist, he added.
For the previous 12 months, a resurgent Taliban have held sway over roughly half of Afghanistan. But because the introduced withdrawal of U.S. And NATO troops from the nation, the insurgents have swept via dozens of districts, seizing extra land and even taking management of key border crossings with neighboring international locations.