By: The Kabul Times
KABUL: President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani paid a visit to the central Parwan province, on Thursday and inspected the flood affected areas as well as met with the people and victims’ families, a statement said.
After visiting the flood affected areas, the president attended a gathering of local people and victims’ families. Addressing the ceremony held on the occasion, Governor Fazal Din Ayar said 157 people were killed, 138 injured and 50 more went missing as a result of flash floods few days back, the presidential palace said in a statement.
He, as quoted in the statement, added the floods completely and partially swept away 927 houses in the city.
Provincial council head Aminullah Shokori and Parwan Ulema Council Head Mawlwi Jawed Hanafi asked government to reconstruct homes for people who were rendered homeless in the natural disaster.
Later, First Vice President, Amrullah Saleh, spoke and offered his condolences and sympathy to the victims, adding that emergency aid, which included water, bread and clothes, has been provided and what has not been provided yet was shelter. The first VP said that government was having comprehensive plan to address shelter issues as well.
Meanwhile, President Ghani, while meeting the affected people, said a multi-dimensional review of the situation would be conducted in coming days and special attention would be paid to construction of new homes for the affected people.
He added floods could not be ignored and there was need for fundamental evaluation of the situation and reasons why floods happened.
President Ghani said land grabbers sold areas vulnerable to floods on people where they constructed homes and suffered huge losses as a result.
The President also said that the Ministry of Finance had been instructed to pay attention to the budget for disaster relief and that the Presidential Palace Support and Operations Unit had proposed 90 million Afghanis for the cleaning of the Parwan Canal, and that work was underway.
“My commitment to you (Parwan residents) is to create a clear plan for Charikar city which will cover all the affected areas,” said the president.