Massive Flash floods kills 40 people in Nuristan province Afghanistan

As many as 40 people have been killed and several others were reported missing after flash floods hit a village in Afghanistan's Nuristan province, according to an official statement. Nearly all the houses in village were affected by the floods, the official said, adding that the waters also swept away cattle, destroyed agricultural lands and also demolished a large part of a road in Kamdesh bordering Pakistan, resulting in its closure.

Meanwhile, media reported that the floods on Thursday triggered by heavy rain engulfed the Mirdesh village in Kamdesh district. The initial information showed that local villagers found 40 bodies while many others were still missing.  The office of the State Minister for Disaster Management said a search and rescue operation could not be conducted in the area as the district is under the Taliban's control.

Meanwhile, Nuristan's Governor Hafiz Abdul Qayyum said as soon as the Taliban allows the provincial officials to access the area, rescue teams will be dispatched and humanitarian assistance will be sent to the affected people.

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