At least seventy people have died since last Saturday in floods and flash floods in Afghanistan, Janan Sayeq, an official with the natural disaster management department, announced Wednesday April 17.

Fifty-six people were injured, more than two thousand six hundred houses were destroyed and more than two thousand head of livestock were lost, the spokesperson added. Twenty of the thirty-four Afghan provinces have recorded a high level of precipitation for several weeks, including that of Kabul.

According to the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Afghanistan, the bad weather has affected more than 1,200 families.

Dry winter

Floods are affecting almost all regions this spring, a traditional period of rain in Afghanistan. At least sixty people were killed due to heavy rains in the last three weeks of March in the country.

Afghanistan experienced a very dry winter and is strongly affected by climatic upheavals. According to scientists, this country ravaged by four decades of war and which is among the poorest in the world is also one of the most poorly prepared to deal with the consequences of climate change.