Heavy rainfall in four provinces leaves 154 people dead, displacing tens of thousands
MAZAR-I SHARIF, Afghanistan - The death toll from flash floods in northern Afghanistan have reached 154, authorities said on Tuesday.
Sparked by heavy rainfall that began late Thursday, the flash floods in four provinces -- Jowzjan, Faryab, Sar-e Pol and Baghdis -- forced tens of thousands from their homes.
Sar-e Pol Governor Abduljabbar Hakhbin told Anadolu Agency that at least 30 people died in floods across the province and dozens remained missing. He said thousands of livestocks perished due to the floods.
In the Jowzjan province, rescue teams have reached the bodies of 66 people in Koshtepe, Darzab and Hodja Dohuk districts, whereas 36 people are missing, Governor Baymurat Qoyunlu said.
He said around 15,000 people were left homeless and 250 shops were demolished due to the disaster.
The governor of the Faryab province, Mohammadollah Betash, said the floods hit scores of districts in the province, leaving 44 people dead.
Hamidollah Mobariz Hamidi, a natural disaster coordination authority in the Baghdis province, said 14 people died in floods that ravaged Qala-i Naw and Laman districts.
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