Afghanistan is a vulnerable country of natural disasters as some parts face floods, earthquakes, landslides and avalanches in spring and summer seasons.
Unfortunately this year, our people have faced floods and sustained heavy financial and human losses in the center and other provinces of the country.
In an exclusive interview with The Kabul Times, Deputy to Afghanistan National Disasters Management Authority (ANDMA) Mohammad Aslam Syas said everyone knew that Afghanistan is a vulnerable country of natural disasters and unfortunately this year, many provinces have been affected due to heavy rainfalls and floods.
ANDMA has taken preparations to prevent floods in the center and other provinces of the country and during meetings with relevant organizations, they were tasked to recognize all vulnerable points so to get prepared to respond the incidents, he further said.
He added our assistances include food and non-food items, tents, medicines, financial aids which have been provided to all ANDMA departments in all provinces to urgently step up if any incident takes place.
Many national and international organizations such as IOM, WFP and Save The Children have recently cooperated with us in addressing the incidents and their assistances included food and non-food items, cloths and tents, he went on to say.
Herat, Farah, Ghor, Badghis, Badakhshan, Kabul, Panjshir and a number of northern provinces have mostly been affected by recent floods, he continued.
He stressed our investigations are ongoing to recognize the flood-hit areas, adding technical teams have already been sent to affected areas and they will soon share results with us.
He added ANDMA held an extra-ordinary meeting aimed to prevent raising casualties and damages caused by recent floods in the capital Kabul and other provinces, during which it was decided that all government and international organizations should jointly address the problem.
During the meeting, Kabul Municipality and ANDMA were instructed to specify some points in provinces for temporary resettlement of affected families and the defenses and interior ministries were tasked to cooperate in transferring people to secure places if needed, as they have already done this in Herat, Badghis and Ghor provinces.
Replying a query on ANDMA preparations if rainfalls increase, he said we have taken all preprations and have already sent necessary stuff in 34 prvoinces.
He added we are making effort to deliver assistances to areas before happening any incident, besides, we have begun awareness programs for those who live beside rivers and mountains. Unfortunately, recent rainfalls in Kabul have followed with heavy damages to those homes located nearby the river, that is why the president has recently instructed the relevant organs to address flood-hit people in the center and other provinces at its earliest.