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Death toll from flash floods in Afghanistan rises to more than 100: Officials

Published on Apr 26, 2014 8:03 PM
 
Flooding in Jowzjan province in northern Afghanistan on April 25, 2014. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

MAZAR-I-SHARIF, Afghanistan (AFP) - The death toll from flash floods in northern Afghanistan rose to more than 100 on Saturday with many others still missing, officials said, as helicopters carried trapped villagers to safety.

The national disaster management authority told AFP that 58 people were killed in Jowzjan province, 32 in Faryab, six in Sar-e-Pul and six others in Badghis as floods struck a large swath of rural communities.

OCHA, the United Nations humanitarian affairs office, said it had reports from provincial officials of 123 people killed, with Jowzjan province alone suffering 80 deaths and 6,000 displaced people.

It said clean water, medical supplies, food and shelter were needed immediately as relief efforts got under way after days of torrential rain.

 
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