HERAT, Afghanistan (22 April) - International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) troops at Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) Herat provided emergency relief operations here following recent flooding.
Flooding in 15 districts killed seven and injured more than 20, according to Abdul Baghi Anwari, head of the Emergency Events Department. The flooding also destroyed more than 200 houses, forcing many people to live in tents.
Afghan Red Crescent, Afghan National Army, Rural and Rehabilitation Department, World Food Program and United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan are all assisting in the relief efforts. They helped more than 900 Afghan families affected by distributing food, such as rice, peas and wheat, and tents, dishes, blankets and plastic sheeting.
Despite the flood damage, residents are happy for the heavy rains which ended a seven-year drought. Drought-weary farmers are grateful for the rain and appeared confident the current year will bring them prosperity. People who have lost everything are optimistic due to the help from the Government of Afghanistan and other organizations.
"Although I have lost my house I did not lose my hope for help," said Soraya, a widow who lost her house but is hopeful to rebuild her life.
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