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Flash floods kill more than 80 in north Afghanistan: Officials

Published on Apr 25, 2014 9:56 PM

MAZAR-I-SHARIF, Afghanistan (AFP) - Flash floods in northern Afghanistan after two days of torrential rain have killed more than 80 people, officials said on Friday, with scores more missing as helicopters searched for stranded villagers.

Local officials told AFP that 43 people died in Jowzjan province, 33 in Faryab province and six in Sar-e Pul province.

The floodwaters swept through villages and fields, engulfing thousands of homes and leaving many people seeking safety on the roofs of their mud-brick houses.

"We have been able to recover 43 bodies," Jowzjan provincial police chief Faqir Mohammad Jowzjani told AFP. "Rescue helicopters have evacuated some 200 people, but many people are still trapped on roofs of their homes and some are also missing."

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