22 June 2012
The British Red Cross has released £45,000 to help people affected by severe flooding which has killed dozens of people and displaced thousands more in northern Afghanistan.
The money from the British Red Cross’ Disaster Fund will help provide relief items including water purification sachets and hygiene kits.
Last month heavy rainfall in the Sar-e-Pol province and melting snow from the area's mountains flooded the valleys where many people live. The floods killed 44 people and destroyed 2,600 homes. To date 27,000 people have been affected by the floods.
People displaced by the floods are now living out in the open, staying with relatives on higher ground or sheltering in a university that has been turned into a temporary evacuation centre. Schools have been flooded, and Sar-e-Pol province’s main government hospital has been inundated, forcing some patients into makeshift hospital tents elsewhere.
Still at risk
The area's water supply is under pressure, and shops and bakeries have been closed. Sar-e-Pol is still at risk of further flooding and there is an increased risk of an outbreak of cholera.
The Afghan Red Crescent is responding to the emergency and has already sent mobile health teams to the area and handed out 10,000 loaves of bread, 10,000 bottles of water and 225 tarpaulins. It will continue to give people emergency shelter, sanitation facilities and safe drinking water, and spread important messages about preventing disease and illness.
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