She said that more than 2,000 families were also affected by floods in Herat province; about 800 families were hit in Badghis province and hundreds more were affected in several other provinces.

Aid agencies are concerned that more rainfall and rapidly melting snow will worsen the situation.

The mud-built homes that house most Afghans in rural areas are vulnerable to natural disasters in a country regularly at risk from earthquakes, floods and landslides.