More than 180 people have died and 3,000 homes have been destroyed by floods in Afghanistan over the past month, a government official said on Thursday.
Zabihullah Mujahid said the scale of the damage was made worse by the poor management of infrastructure by the previous government.
However, the brutal Taliban regime, which returned to power a year ago, is also struggling to cope.
“If the floods and losses increase, the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan will not have enough resources to respond to all this,” Mujahid said at a news conference in Kabul.
Torrential rains hit several provinces, the worst flooding in the east of the country.
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Dozens of Afghans die each year during torrential rains — especially in poor rural areas, where poorly constructed houses can easily collapse.
Since the Taliban took control of Afghanistan, the country has been plunged further into economic and humanitarian crises, exacerbated by freezing billions in assets held abroad and cuts in aid funding.
The Taliban called on the international community, especially Muslim countries, to help the government meet the needs of flood victims.
In a separate statement, government spokesman Bilal Karimi called on the international community to help.
“We urge the international community … to stand with the Afghan people at this critical time and (to) spare no effort to help the victims,” Karimi said.
The country’s meteorological service reported that new heavy rains and floods are expected in 21 provinces in the coming days.
Foreign aid and disaster relief schemes have been cut sharply since the Taliban returned to power last August.
Western countries fear that any aid could be seized by the Taliban and used to strengthen their control over Afghanistan.