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Children Killed in Afghanistan Flash Flooding

Children Killed in Afghanistan Flash Flooding

Saturday, 1 August, 2020 - 09:45
People salvage items from a house destroyed by floods in Afghanistan. Reuters file photo
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At least 15 children and a woman were killed and dozens of houses destroyed as flash floods lashed a village in eastern Afghanistan, an official said on Saturday.

Flooding caused by torrential rains struck a village in the Khewa district of Nangarhar province late on Friday, district governor Naimatullah Noorzai told AFP.

He said 16 people, including 15 children aged between one and five years, and a woman were killed.

Four children were also injured and dozens of houses were destroyed, Noorzai said.

A relief operation was under way to help affected families, with the disaster striking as the country celebrates Eid al-Adha.

A spokesman to the governor of Nangarhar province confirmed the death toll.

Torrential downpours, flash floods and harsh winter weather kill scores of people annually in Afghanistan.

Many poorly built homes, mostly in rural areas, are at risk of collapse during the rains in the impoverished country.

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