For the first time, about 70 percent of a country has been mapped using an advanced remote sensing technique known as hyperspectral imaging. In order to assist Afghanistan in understanding their abundant natural resources, in particular the development of an economically viable minerals market, the U.S.
Rainfall and torrential flooding in western province of Herat has devastated many areas, killing some 14 people, including seven children, injuring 30 others, damaging more than 250 houses and destroying around 300 hectares of agricultural land.
Flash floods killed at least 10 people and destroyed hundreds of houses in different parts of Kandahar Province, southern Afghanistan, on 7 February, according to the Afghan Red Crescent Society (ARCS).
According to assessments conducted to date, floods have affected approximately 10,000 households in five provinces in the Northern region (Jawzjan, Faryab, Balkh, Samangan and Sari Pul) and four provinces in the Northeastern region (Kunduz, Baghlan, Takhar and Badakhshan). Flooding in the north and northeast is expected to continue and worsen, due to heavy rains and to snow melting.
On 20-21 April, flooding was reported in 10 locations on the outskirts of Mazar city and 3 in Chemtal district of Balkh province. Two children were killed, a total of 240 houses completely destroyed, 157 partially damaged. 240 families have lost everything.