Herat (Afghanistan): Flash floods have killed
at least 66 people and destroyed hundreds of houses in
Afghanistan, the government said on Saturday.
Hundreds of livestock have also been destroyed by the
flooding, caused by torrential rain in northern and western
Afghanistan, said the head of the National Disaster Management
Authority for the region.
"Twenty-three people have died in Badghis, 21 in Ghor and
another 22 in Herat province," said Abdul Hameed Mubariz
Hameedi, referring to the three worst-hit provinces.
The Afghan government and the UN have sent relief teams
to the affected areas, which are among the poorest in the
Natural disasters are common in mountainous Afghanistan,
where more than 200 people lost their lives in heavy
avalanches earlier this year.