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Tragedy Strikes as Boat Sinks in Eastern Afghanistan: 20 Lives Lost, Including Children

A heart-wrenching tragedy unfolded in Afghanistan’s eastern Nangarhar province on Saturday, as twenty individuals, including children, lost their lives when a boat sank during a river crossing.

Quraishi Badloon, the head of the province’s information department, reported that the incident occurred around 7 am (0230 GMT) in the Basawul area of Momand Dara district in eastern Nangarhar.

He stated that a boat carrying women and children capsized, resulting in the loss of twenty lives, while five individuals managed to survive. An investigation is currently underway to determine the cause of the tragic accident, which has left the community devastated.

In response to the disaster, the Nangarhar Information and Culture Department promptly dispatched a medical team and ambulances to the area. Efforts to recover the bodies of the victims are ongoing, with local authorities working tirelessly to provide support and assistance to those affected by the calamity.

The grim reality of the situation is further highlighted by reports from local media, indicating that residents in the area often resort to using boats for river crossings despite the perilous conditions. The absence of a nearby bridge exacerbates the risks faced by individuals seeking to traverse the river, underscoring the urgent need for improved infrastructure and safety measures in such regions.

This tragic incident serves as a poignant reminder of the challenges and dangers confronting communities in remote areas with inadequate transportation facilities. As efforts continue to recover the victims and investigate the circumstances surrounding the boat’s sinking, it is imperative that authorities prioritize measures to enhance safety and prevent similar tragedies in the future. The resilience and solidarity of the Afghan people in the face of such adversity are evident, as they come together to support one another during this difficult time.

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