American-led forces have begun providing relief to flood victims in the Ghazni province of Afghanistan, officials said Tuesday.
Provincial governor Sher Alam requested assistance from the U.S.-led Ghazni Provincial Reconstruction Team, American officials said. The governor asked for nine flood relief packages, each of which can be used for 1,000 people for 30 days; the relief packages include blankets, stoves, charcoal, food and health kits.
“The coalition remains committed in our efforts to help the Afghan community,” said Maj. Matt Hackathorn, CJTF-76 spokesman.
More than 20 people have been killed in the floods, according to Afghan officials, with “thousands” more left homeless. The floods, caused by heavy rains along mountain ridges, destroyed 1,600 houses and swamped dozens of acres of farmland, officials in the provincial government office said.
According to an Afghan news agency, more than 570 tents, 2,000 blankets, 200 plastic mats and about 400 pressure cookers have been sent by government ministries and the Afghan Red Crescent Society.
Similar flooding also has been reported in Paktika province, Afghan officials said.