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Flash Floods Kill Dozens, Displace Hundreds Across Afghanistan


Areas of Afghanistan are prone to flash flooding. (file photo)

Afghan officials say heavy rains and flash floods have hit a number of provinces across the country, claiming at least 37 lives and destroying hundreds of homes.

In the western province of Herat, at least 24 died after the flooding struck several districts late on May 3, the regional governor's spokesman said on May 4.

Jailani Farhad said that children and women were among the victims.

Hundreds of houses were destroyed and more than 300 sheep perished, other officials said.

In neighboring Ghor Province, provincial Governor Abdul Tahir Faizzada said 10 people, including six children, were killed by floodwaters.

More than 160 houses were destroyed, 910 people were displaced, and 750 sheep perished across the province, according to officials.

A spokesman for the Natural Disaster Ministry, Tamim Azimi, said three people were also killed in the northern province of Samangan.

More than 405 families were displaced in different provinces around Afghanistan, he said.

The authorities said emergency relief units had been dispatched to the affected areas.

Seasonal flooding occurs across the country damaging homes, agricultural land, and public infrastructure.

In August 2020, flash floods caused more than 150 deaths in 13 Afghan provinces.

Afghanistan also experienced severe flash floods in 2019 that destroyed more than 10,000 houses and affected around 180,000 people, according to the United Nations emergency aid office OCHA.

With reporting by dpam TOLOnews.com, and AP
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