Afghanistan floods: ‘I found my family’s bodies in the streets’

Afghanistan floods: ‘I found my family's bodies in the streets’
Destruction in Baghlan

Omar Mohammed discovered the bodies of his home in the fields and on the road the day after the flood waters started.

The 75-year-old had been living in northern Afghanistan only 100 meters when he heard the startling sound of the water.

Noor ran towards the home where his wife, girl, brother and two of his children were resting.

But it was too soon.

His family and home were completely destroyed by the rapid torrent of water.

Noor Mohammed sits in front of a wall in brick building

Following a clean winter, which has made the ground to difficult to capture all the rain, led to flash floods that occurred on Friday. The death is extensive.

According to the World Food Programme, the flood, which affected five regions in the northern Afghan territory of Baghlan, left over 300 people dead and 2, 000 houses destroyed. The number of injuries is anticipated to rise.

The counties of Badakhshan, Ghor and northern Herat were likewise seriously damaged.

” I felt helpless”, Noor says.

He was searching the neighborhood of his house in the town of Gaz in Baghlan for hours, but he could not find any trace of his home.

He gave up at 01: 00 and, in the middle of the night, walked to his child Saeeda’s home three hours away.

The body of his family were discovered the time he came home.

” It was devastating”, he says.

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Noor claims that he has never had a similar experience in his career, either as a result of the civil war that have plagued the nation or the natural disasters that generally strike the place.

Saeeda, whose 25- yr- older daughter was one of Noor’s grandkids who died, says the approaching wind sounded like a demon and they were terrified.

Most people in Noor’s town, which is still inaccessible by path, have lost at least two or three friends in the storms and are in desperate need of assistance.

” We have travelled to places where everything has vanished completely,” says Rouzatullah, a caregiver who with his team went to one of the most troubled towns called Fullol.

A family sits in front of the remains of a building

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Uprooted plants, rocks, bricks and damaged vehicles stick out of the heavy mud in Fullol. After thick with waters, in the heat it has started to thicken, making it even more difficult for those still cutting, pulling out belongings.

Muhammad Gul is attempting to drill through his home’s two bedrooms with a screwdriver.

” We have n’t got even a glass left for a cup of tea, there is nothing”, he tells the BBC. A twisted bike, which he loads onto a horse, is the only thing he has been able to salvage.

Some people are also searching for the body of their loved ones days after the flood. At one property a group gets. A girl’s figure has been discovered; she is covered in a plate and taken apart by an emergency.

Rouzatullah rushed to the area along with 15 different nurses, doctors and physicians.

He says they helped more than 200 wounded people, including one gentleman who had lost 16 members of his family.

But they have n’t been able to get to some remote areas where people are desperately in need of aid.

According to Rouzatullah,” There is no having water,” implying that there might be cases of waterborne illnesses like diarrhea and typhoid.

Women after funeral

The group has begun establishing cellular aid centers and is assisting the victims in the places they have been able to reach.

The BBC is met with another story of lost in each community.

One person shows us a photo of his five- year- older brother, Abu Bakar. When the liquid started to pour, he was playing with his father. As they tried to escape, Abu Bakar was swept aside. As his grandfather tried to protect himself, he had clung so firmly to his father’s hip that he left a mark. His family could simply observe as he lost his grip.

Abdul Khaliq was not in village when he learned of the storm. By the time he returned, all that was left of his mother’s homes was one tiny piece of bathroom walls. The remainder is then flattened. Of 18 persons, 10 of his household died, swept away.

” We were searching community members in knee- heavy mud, so we took off our boots and continued searching”, he says. ” Finally, we found their bodies miles away from around”.

Abdul Khaliq

Others describe the situation wherein crisis strikes: a liquid scream occurred. Some were able to get out of its way, but lost all their belongings.

In the midst of the conflict, I found it difficult to move to the next floor. Zuhra Bibi, who is now sleeping in a canvas tent, claims that her house and all of our cattle were destroyed.

She says she’s never seen anything like this before in her career. Flooding is hardly surprising, but in 20, 40, 60 ages, we are told, few have seen a disaster like this in their place.

Mohammad Rasool is chain-smoking tobacco next to a niche where his plants again grew in the town of Gudan Bala. The industry is now a pool of wet, heavy water.

Acres of farmland, which are areas of fabric and maize plants, have been completely destroyed. We drive through wheatfields, ripping out the natural stalks and leaving behind grey debris after the water has split them.

Mohammad Rasool stands in front of a field with crops covered in muddy brown water

Mohammad claims that he has lost everything else but feels lucky that his family has survived.

He shows me the areas where his plants have been destroyed.

” This was the only source of income I had”, he says. ” I feel vulnerable”.

Like 80 % of Afghans, he depends on agriculture for his money. Mohammad claims that he is unsure of their future.

In the distance, he points to his home’s bones. Because the storm waters are still too large, he is unable to return.

” I do n’t have anything now, what should I do? I have family to look after, but I do n’t have anything.

The UN estimated that around 24 million people in Afghanistan, or more than half of their community, would need some type of humanitarian aid this year.

It is not just vegetables that have been affected. Mohammed claims that his neighbor accidentally lost his two cattle in the storms. They were the boy’s single way of making a life.

And Noor, who is staying with his child, says the single property he has left are the clothes he is wearing. Since he was a younger child when his father built the house 65 years before, he had resided there.

” I had hope about the upcoming”, he says. ” My son and daughter were teachers, and I was glad that they had a big impact on the country’s coming,” my son and daughter said.

Both are now deceased. ” The storms took everything”, he says.

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