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Rescuers battle to aid Afghan flood victims as toll hits 74

Published on Jun 8, 2014 1:02 PM

KUNDUZ, Afghanistan (AFP) - Rescuers scrambled on Sunday to deliver food and medical supplies to Afghan families marooned on mountaintops after flash floods killed 74 people in a remote northern district, washing away hundreds of homes and forcing thousands to flee.

The death toll was expected to rise, with scores of people said to be missing in the mountainous district of Baghlan province after torrential rains unleashed the floods on Friday.

The floods come a month after a landslide triggered by heavy rains buried a village and killed 300 people in a nearby region.

The twin disasters highlight the challenges facing underdeveloped Afghanistan's next leader as the country heads into the second round of the presidential election on June 14.

Afghan villagers transport the body of a victim after a flashflood landslide in the Guzargah-e-Nur district of Baghlan province on June 7, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP
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