Extreme Flooding Kills Hundreds in Climate-Vulnerable Afghanistan

Source: Common Dreams

“Severe flooding in Afghanistan over the weekend has killed more than 300 people and destroyed thousands of homes in rural villages. The flash floods—prompted by heavy rainfall—came on the heels of an extreme drought in one of the nations that is most vulnerable to the climate emergency, yet has done little to contribute to it. ‘They’re not net emitters of carbon,’ Timothy Anderson, head of the United Nations World Food Program (WFP) in Afghanistan, told CNN. ‘This is a subsistence agriculture community and society. So, they’re bearing the brunt of it, without having necessarily contributed to the issue very much. How many more tragedies must happen for the world to prioritize climate action?’ The rain and flooding inundated 21 districts in the northeastern provinces of Badakhshan, Baghlan, Takhar on Friday and Saturday, according to the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).” (05/14/24)