WHO Distributes Health Aid to Afghan Flood Victims

Muddy water flood the streets of Jalalabad in Afghanistan. The World Health Organization is sending medical assistance to help flood victims in the country. Photo by: The U.S. Army

The World Health Organization has mobilized medical assistance for thousands of individuals affected by floods in eastern, central and northern Afghanistan.

The organization said in a news release that it is sending basic health supplies to provincial health departments and local non-governmental health organizations working directly with flood victims.

Major health concerns include the possible outbreak of waterborne diseases -particularly diarrhea, typhoid fever and malaria. The international organization also aims to provide victims with clean drinking water and access to health care. WHO said the risk of an outbreak is high because of the contamination of water sources.

Recent rains in Afghanistan have caused floods that left at least 80 people dead and thousands homeless, according to data from the Afghan government.

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