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Officials: Heavy Flooding Kills 24 in Afghanistan

Voice of America
25 May 2019, 22:07 GMT+10

KABUL, AFGHANISTAN - The Afghan government says at least 24 people have been killed and 11 others injured in the past month as a new wave of heavy rains and flooding has swept parts of the country.

A statement released Saturday by the Afghan Ministry for Disaster Management and Humanitarian Affairs says flooding has affected six of Afghanistan's 34 provinces, including the capital, Kabul.

Around 500 people were rescued in central Bamyan province's Sheber district, according to the ministry.

Nationwide, floods have destroyed more than 220 homes this month and partially damaged 116 more, it added.

Heavy snowfall across Afghanistan this winter had cut off many areas. So far this year, around 150 people have died as heavy rains and flooding swept away homes in different provinces.

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