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Flash floods kill 75

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KABUL: Flash floods after heavy rains in northern Afghanistan killed 75 people and damaged thousands of homes, leaving authorities scrambling to help survivors in the remote region. The rains began late on Thursday and continued yesterday in four provinces. The worst affected was Jawzjan, where 36 people were killed, according to police. Azizul Rahman Aymaq, who heads the disaster relief committee in Jawzjan, said more than 5,000 people have been displaced, and medicine and drinking water are running short. Afghan army helicopters are helping rescuers reach the affected areas.

In Faryam province west of Jawzjan, the floods killed 33 people, damaged more than 2,150 homes and caused widespread damage to farmland.

Another six people were killed in Badghis province.

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