Flood claims 14 lives in W. Afghanistan

21:03, May 05, 2010      

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Heavy rain and flooding in the militancy-hit Afghanistan's western Herat province claimed the lives of 14 people including seven children and three women on Wednesday, Provincial Governor Ahmad Yousuf Nuristani said.

"The natural disaster occurred in Aobi district in the wee hours today leaving 14 people dead and five others missing as well as damaging over 250 house," Nuristani told Xinhua.

About 30 people were also injured in the tragic incident, he said.

According to governor over 300 hectares of farm lands were also washed away or damaged in the natural disaster.

Meantime, an official with the Afghan Red Crescent Society in the province Nuroddin Ahmadi put the number of victims to 22 and the injured persons to over 50, adding hundreds of animals were also wiped away in the flooding.

Source: Xinhua


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