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Flash Update 01 - Kandahar Flash Flood (as of 2 March 2019)

Situation Overview

On 1 March, heavy rains struck Kandahar city, Zheri, Dand, Damand, Arghandab, Spinboldak, and Takhtapu Districts. In the last 30 hours, 97mm of rain fell in the affected areas. Flash floods triggered by the heavy rain have reportedly killed 20 people, including a number of children, when their homes collapsed or the vehicles they were traveling in were swept away. At least 10 people, including children, are still missing in Arghandab, Daman, Spin Boldak and Dand Districts. It is anticipated that up to 2,000 homes may have been damaged across all affected districts including Kandahar City.
 
Severe damage to infrastructure has been reported, including to homes. In Kandahar city alone, an estimated 600 houses have been damaged or destroyed. Flood-affected families have been evacuated to secure areas in the districts and Kandahar city including schools, mosques, Government buildings and the Haji camp. Government offices in PD#6 have been affected with buildings and documentation damaged or lost.
 
The Shifa area in Dand is on high alert as water levels continue to rise. In Arghandab there are reports that a large number of Kochi (nomadic) families – approximately 500 individuals - are stranded on the river bank. There is an urgent need for air support to rescue those who are trapped and to bring in immediate relief items.  
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Organization(s): 
United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Original Publication Date: 
02 Mar 2019
Document type: 
Situation Report
Location(s): 
Afghanistan
Theme(s): 
Natural Disasters
Coordination hub(s): 
National Level Coordination
Southern Region
Disaster(s)/Emergency: 
Afghanistan: Flash Floods - Mar 2019