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Flash floods kill 50 in one day in north Afghanistan

AFP | Kabul   

The Daily Tribune – www.newsofbahrain.com

At least 50 people, mainly women and children, were killed yesterday in flash flooding that ripped through Afghanistan’s Baghlan province, in the north of the country, a local official said.

“So far, the number of dead is 50 as per the hospital authorities of Baghlan-e-Markazi district of Baghlan province,” said Hedayatullah Hamdard, the head of the provincial natural disaster management department, adding the toll could rise.

The official explained that heavy seasonal rains sparked the flooding, and residents were unprepared for the sudden rush of water.

Emergency personnel were “searching for any possible victims under the mud and rubble, with the help of security forces from the national army and police,” Hamdard said yesterday.

“The weather is very gloomy right now and might pour down again,” he added.

Dozens of tents, blankets and food were provided to those who lost their homes, the official said. Video footage seen on social media showed huge torrents of muddy water swamping roads -- and bodies shrouded in white and black cloth.

In one video clip, children are heard crying and a group of men are looking at floodwaters, in which bits of broken wood and debris from homes can be seen.