An Afghan National Army (ANA) soldier stands guard (representative image). Photograph:( AFP )
Violence has surged in Afghanistan since May in the run up to the withdrawal of the US forces. Taliban has been on the offensive and now controls half of the district in Afghanistan
Afghan officials said on Sunday that more 22,000 Afghan families had fled to escape fighting in Kandahar. It is a former bastion of the Taliban
"The fighting has displaced 22,000 families in the past one month in Kandahar," Dost Mohammad Daryab, head of the provincial refugee department, told AFP.
"They have all moved from the volatile districts of the city to safer areas."
Violence has surged in Afghanistan since May in the run up to the withdrawal of the US forces. Taliban has been on the offensive and now controls half of the district in Afghanistan.
On Sunday, fighting continued on the outskirts of Kandahar city.
"The negligence of some security forces, especially the police, has made way for the Taliban to come that close," Lalai Dastageeri, deputy governor of Kandahar province, told AFP.
"We are now trying to organise our security forces."
Local authorities had set up four camps for the displaced people who are estimated to be about 154,000.
Kandahar resident Hafiz Mohammad Akbar said his house had been taken over by the Taliban after he fled.
"They forced us to leave... I am now living with my 20-member family in a compound with no toilet," said Akbar.
Fears of fighting to increase
Residents expressed concerns the fighting might increase in days ahead.
"If they really want to fight, they should go to a desert and fight, not destroy the city," said Khan Mohammad, who moved to a camp with his family.
"Even if they win, they can't rule a ghost town."
Kandahar, with its 650,000 inhabitants, is the second-largest city in Afghanistan after Kabul.
(With inputs from agencies)