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Catastrophic Flooding Kills Hundreds in Afghanistan, Dozens in Indonesia

HeadlineMay 13, 2024

In Afghanistan, flash floods have killed at least 315 people in northern villages. Another 1,600 have been injured, and thousands of homes have been destroyed or damaged, as have health facilities and essential infrastructure.

Muhammad Yahqoob: “The flash floods destroyed all our houses. I lost 13 members of my family, including women and children. So many livestock have been destroyed, as well. … We have no food, no drinking water, no shelter, no blankets, nothing at all. The floods have destroyed everything. Out of 42 houses, only two or three houses remained. The floods have destroyed the entire valley.”

The affected area is in dire need of assistance, but Afghanistan has seen its international aid slashed following the Taliban takeover in 2021.

In Indonesia, flooding and mudslides in West Sumatra killed at least 43 people over the weekend, with over a dozen others missing. The monsoon downpours also triggered cold lava flow — a thick mixture of volcanic ash and other debris.

In Canada, over 100 active wildfires are burning, prompting evacuation orders in British Columbia and Alberta. Authorities in Minnesota issued the state’s first air quality alert of the year Sunday as wildfire smoke drifted across the border.

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