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Afghanistan flash floods kill more than 300 as torrents of water and mud crash through villages

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🗞️ Driving the news: Severe flash floods in Afghanistan have resulted in approximately 300 deaths, with many more potentially trapped under debris, as reported by the United Nations
• The floods were most destructive in Baghlan province due to unprecedented rainfall

🔭 The context: This disaster adds to the challenges in a region already struggling with economic and political instability under Taliban rule
• Afghanistan's limited infrastructure and underfunded health system hinder effective disaster response

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: The floods, exacerbated by climate change following an unusually wet spring, underscore the increasing vulnerability of conflict-affected regions to climate-induced natural disasters

⏭️ What's next: The ongoing crisis highlights the urgent need for robust international aid and effective local disaster management strategies in Afghanistan to mitigate the impact of such events in the future

💬 One quote: "We just grabbed our children and we ran," (Reza Gul, flood survivor)

📈 One stat: At least 51 children have been reported dead by UNICEF due to the floods

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