“O number of deaths so far is 50, according to the Baghlan-e-Markazi district hospital,” Hedayatullah Hamdard, head of the provincial authority responsible for managing natural disasters, told Agence France Presse (AFP), indicating that the number of casualties may increase.

Hedayatullah Hamdard described that seasonal rains caused flash floods and “people, who were unable to prepare, were unable to save themselves”.

Rescue teams are “checking if there are any victims trapped in the mud or under the rubble”, said the head of the provincial authority.

Since mid-April, floods have caused around a hundred deaths in ten provinces, where no region has been spared, according to authorities.

Many agricultural lands were flooded in a country where 80% of the more than 40 million Afghans depend on agriculture for their survival.

This country, devastated by four decades of war and among the poorest in the world, experienced a very dry winter that left the soil more impervious to rain.

Responsible for just 0.06% of greenhouse gas emissions, Afghanistan is the sixth most vulnerable country to climate change, according to scientists.

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