50 killed in western flash floods


Flash floods killed at least 50 people in western Afghanistan, provincial police said.

“Fifty residents of Ghor province were killed by the floods on Friday and a number of others are missing,” Ghor police spokesman Abdul Rahman Badri said in a statement yesterday.

The floods destroyed some 2,000 houses and damaged thousands more, he added.

“These terrible floods have also killed thousands of cattle.

“They have destroyed hundreds of hectares of agricultural land, hundreds of bridges and culverts, and thousands of trees,” he added.

Major roads into and within the province were “completely blocked” as the deadly flash flooding is the latest to hit the country in recent weeks.

Hundreds of people were killed last week when flash floods ripped through northern Baghlan province, according to the World Food Programme and Taliban officials. — AFP

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