12 killed in Afghanistan floods

12 killed in Afghanistan floods

Kabul, May 4 (IANS) At least 12 people were killed as heavy rains and flash floods hit parts of Afghanistan's Herat province, the local government said in a statement on Tuesday.

"Flash floods engulfed vast areas in Adraskan district and neighbouring areas on Monday," Xinhua news agency quoted the statement as saying.

Among the dead were one woman and four children, according to a local government source.

The floods also destroyed tens of residential houses and orchards in the districts and caused closure of several roads, the statement said.

The rescue personnel have arrived in the affected areas, and scores of local households have so far been evacuated to safe areas, according to the statement.

Heavy rains hit many areas in the country in recent weeks.



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