More than 40 dead, 80 missing in Afghan flash floods

April 25, 2014 - 2:32:26 pm

KABUL: More than 40 people were killed in flash floods in northern Afghanistan that left 80 missing, an official said Friday.

"We have so far found 26 bodies including 15 children and five women in Sheberghan city," Abdul Rahman Mahmoudi, deputy governor for Jowzjan province, told German Press Agency dpa.

Another seven bodies were found in Qosh Tepa district and about 10 in Darzab and Khoja Do Koh districts after overnight floods due to heavy rain, he said.

"Nine villages I saw in Darzab district were destroyed," and many others damaged across the three affected districts, he said.

"The air force has allocated two helicopters to rescue the people from the flood-hit areas, but I think it is not enough to evacuate thousands of villagers." 

Roads to the areas were cut off, and around 5,000 people driven from their homes, he said.

"This flood is unprecedented in the past 30 years", he aded. (QNA)