DFO 2005-027

Flooding: 03/05/05 - 04/05/05)

Afghanistan - Nimroz, Urozgan, Farah, Ghor, Herat and Ghowr Provinces

MODIS observations: Wet conditions in the Sistan Wetlands in western Afghanistan and eastern Iran on March 7, 8, 9, 10, 18. Helmand river is visible near Deh Rawud on March 21, 22

Detailed Locations:
Western, central and southeast Afghanistan:
Nimroz province - Zaranj. Districts: Chakhansur, Chahar Burjak
Urozgan (Uruzgan) province - Dehrawut District, Deh Rawud, Tarin Kot, Khas Uruzgan district and in Chori. Gezab.
Farah province - Farah city
Ghor province - Chaghcharan, Charchana, Kanda, Shahrak
Herat province - Adraskan, Pashtun Zarghun and Farsi districts
Ghowr Province - Taywara District
other provinces - Faryab, Paktia, Khost and Paktika.

Sistan Wetlands, Helmand river and tributaries. Saghar, Tarin Kot, Farah Rod.

Comments: Snow begins melting after worst winter in a decade in Afghanistan, flooding is expected to increase.
Nimroz - 300 houses destroyed, 3 dead.
March 21 - Urozgan Province - 115 dead, 1,000 trapped on islands formed by floods, thousands houses destroyed in Deh Rawud District.
March 22 - death toll revised to 2 dead, 12 missing in Uruzgan. 26 dead across the country.
68 dead and 100 houses destroyed in Farah. 40 deaths in Faryab and Ghor. 266 families displaced in Ghor. 2,500 houses had collapsed in Herat province.

Dead: 26 Displaced: 5,000 Damages: no data Affected Region ( sq km): 275,300 Severity Class* : 1 Flood Magnitude**: 15.2 MODIS flood inundation limit file names***:

Map preparation and image analysis: Elaine Anderson

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