Torrential rains kill 61

2013-08-04 12:59
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Kabul - Heavy floods in eastern Afghanistan have left at least 61 people dead, officials said on Sunday, as rescuers searched for scores of missing people.

The floods caused by torrential rains affected areas in Kabul, Wardak and Khost provinces.

"Initial reports indicate that at least 61 people, including women and children, have been killed and other two dozens wounded," said Ghulam Farooq of the Afghanistan National Disaster Management Authority.

He said 42 people were killed in the Sorobi district of Kabul province, where several villages and bazaars were inundated and 237 houses were destroyed.

The flooding came as Afghanistan experiences what meteorologists say is the hottest weather in 50 years.

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