Flood kills at least 12 in northern Afghanistan

MAZAR-I-SHARIF, Afghanistan, May 6 (Reuters)

  • Floods killed at least 12 people in Afghanistan's Samangan province, the governor said on Sunday, raising the death toll from flooding in the mountainous north of the country to 36 in the past week.

Dozens of houses were destroyed when the Samangan River burst its banks on Saturday and government help was needed to prevent further flooding, provincial governor Abdul Haq Shafaq told Reuters.

Further east in remote Badakhshan province, 23 Afghans and a Czech soldier serving with NATO were killed on Thursday in flooding and landslides.

A cold and snowy winter means Afghanistan is having a very heavy snow melt this spring, with floods and slips killing around 100 people since the beginning of March.

The Red Cross says more than 3,000 homes have been destroyed.


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