Fifteen children killed as flash floods ravage Afghanistan village

An Afghan man walks with his children through floodwaters as heavy rain falls in Kabul, Afghanistan. (AP)

At least 15 children and a woman were killed and dozens of houses destroyed as flash floods lashed a village in eastern Afghanistan, an official said on Saturday.

Flooding caused by torrential rains struck a village in Nangarhar province late on Friday, district governor Naimatullah Noorzai told AFP.

He said 16 people, including 15 children aged between one and five years, and a woman were killed.

An Afghan shopkeeper waits for customers as heavy rain falls in Kabul, Afghanistan.  (File photo: AP)

An Afghan shopkeeper waits for customers as heavy rain falls in Kabul, Afghanistan. (File photo: AP)

Four children were also injured and dozens of houses were destroyed, Noorzai said.

A relief operation was under way to help affected families, with the disaster striking as the country celebrates the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha.
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A spokesman to the governor of Nangarhar province confirmed the death toll.

Torrential downpours, flash floods and harsh winter weather kill scores of people annually in Afghanistan.

Many poorly built homes, mostly in rural areas, are at risk of collapse during the rains in the impoverished country.

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Last Update: Saturday, 01 August 2020 KSA 12:44 - GMT 09:44
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