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Floods In Northwestern Afghanistan Kill More Than 80

Reports from northwestern Afghanistan say more than 80 people have been killed as a result of flash floods after two days of torrential rain.

Thousands of people have been displaced and scores are missing. Authorities have dispatched helicopters to search for stranded villagers.

Officials said April 25 that at least 43 people had been killed in Jowzjan Province, including at least 16 in the provincial capital Sheberghan.

Dozens of others are missing after the floodwaters hit the Qosh Tepa, Darzab, and Khoja Do Koh districts.

Deputy Governor Abdul Rahman Mahmoudi said nine villages in Darzab were destroyed.

He described the floods as the worst in the area in 30 years.

Local officials on April 25 also reported at least 33 flood-related deaths in Faryab Province, six in Sar-e Pul province, and eight in Badghis and Herat provinces.
With reporting by AP and AFP