Floods kill 170 in Afghanistan, Pakistan

Pakistani residents ride on a truck as they evacuate a flooded area in Karachi on August 4, 2013.

Flash floods triggered by seasonal monsoon rains have claimed around 170 lives in Afghanistan and the neighboring Pakistan in the past several days.

Afghan officials say over 60 people have been killed in Sarobi, a rural district less than an hour from the capital Kabul. At least 24 people have been also killed and more than 100 homes and shops destroyed in Afghanistanâ„¢s eastern provinces.

In neighboring Pakistan, monsoon rains have claimed more than 80 lives.

Pakistani administered Kashmir, central Punjab, southwestern Balochistan and southern Sindh provinces are among worst-affected areas hit by heavy rains and flash flooding. Flooding was especially bad in Pakistan’s largest city, Karachi, because of the southern city’s faulty drainage system,

The latest floods, triggered by monsoon rains, have destroyed and damaged hundreds of houses and flooded thousands of acres of agricultural land since late last month.

Medical teams and aid groups have warned of a growing risk of potentially fatal diseases.

Pakistan regularly suffers from flooding during the monsoon season, which usually runs through July and August. The country suffered the worst floods in its 66-year history in 2010 — when floodwaters killed over 1,700 people.


Republished from: Press TV