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Flooding in northern Afghanistan kills at least 37

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June 23, 2012, 4:17 p.m. | World — by Associated Press

Afghan and U.N. authorities say flash flooding in northern Afghanistan has killed at least 37 people.
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Afghan and U.N. authorities say flash flooding in northern Afghanistan has killed at least 37 people.

More than 100 homes, hundreds of hectares of farmland and dozens of cattle and other animals have been destroyed by the floods that followed four or five days of heavy rain in the region.

Abdul Hai Khateby, who is the spokesman in Ghor province, said June 23 that 24 people have been killed in four districts, including the provincial capital of Chaghcharan.

The provincial spokesman of Badakhshan, Abdul Marouf Rasekh, says 13 people were killed Friday night in Yaftal district and four other districts have been affected.

The U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs says many of the unpaved, gutted roads in the area have been severely flooded, making aid distribution difficult.

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