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Floods inflict heavy damage on four Parwan districts

Floods inflict heavy damage on four Parwan districts

May 09, 2010 - 15:42

<!--break--><p>CHARIKAR (PAN): Days of heavy rain in central Parwan province have destroyed nearly 30 kilometres of road, washed away dozens of homes and inundated hundreds of acres of farmland, officials said on Sunday.</p><p>Residents in four badly-hit districts of the province say they have lost crops and homes and have yet to receive any aid.</p><p>The four districts are Sorkh Parsa, Shekh Ali, Sya Gard and Shinwari.</p><p>Shinawari was the worst-affected district with 13 homes and 25 kilometres of road destroyed by the floods, Qari Abdul Rahman Ahmadi, a provincial council member, told Pajhwok Afghan News.</p><p>Hundreds of acres of farmland were also swamped by the rains, he said.</p><p>Ahmadi is a member of an official delegation assessing the scale of damage in the districts.</p><p>He said that in Sorkh Parsa, 2.5 kilometres of road were destroyed, three kilometres in Shekh Ali and one kilometre in Sya Gard.</p><p>Although there were no reports of deaths, Ahmadi said the residents faced long-term problems with the loss of their crops and livelihoods.</p><p>A resident of Shinwari district said his one acre of wheat was destroyed. He worried that the damaged roads would cause problems transporting food, medicine and even patients.</p><p>Another resident, Ghulam Mohammad said his house was completely destroyed in a landslide caused by the rains. He demanded the government and relief organisations offer immediate help.</p><p>Amir Mohammad Haidari, the provincial head of Afghanistan's National Disaster Management Authority, said they had made a report to the main office about the damage and property loss.</p><p>Governor Abdul Basir Salangi said relief supplies, including tents and blankets, had been sent to the district. He added that reconstruction work on the damaged roads would begin soon.</p><p>myn/ma</p>