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Flash floods kill 31 in Afghanistan

File photo used for representational purpose only. An Afghan military helicopter rescues people from atop an overturned truck in flooded area of Arghandab district in Kandahar province. File

File photo used for representational purpose only. An Afghan military helicopter rescues people from atop an overturned truck in flooded area of Arghandab district in Kandahar province. File | Photo Credit: AFP

Heavy rains set off flash floods that killed at least 31 people and left dozens missing in northern Afghanistan, the Taliban’s state-run news agency reported on August 15.

The Bakhtar News Agency said the flooding took place on August 14 in northern Parwan province. The agency said that women and children were among the dead and 17 people were reported injured.

At least 100 people remained missing, the report said, and a search and rescue operation was underway.

The flash floods swept away dozens of homes in the three affected districts in Parwan. The province is ringed by mountainous and more often witnesses floods from heavy rains.

The local weather department said more rains were expected in the coming days in most of Afghanistan’s 34 provinces. Heavy rains and flash floods across the country killed 40 people in July and 19 the month before.


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