Many killed as floods northern Afghanistan

Flooding in a remote part of northern Afghanistan has claimed more than 50 lives and forced thousands to flee their homes, a provincial official has said.

Fazel Rahman, the police chief in the Guzirga i-Nur district of Baghlan province, said 54 bodies have been recovered as of Saturday, including the remains of women and children, but that many others are still missing.

He said the death toll could climb to 100 and called for emergency assistance from the federal government, the AP news agency reported.

“So far no one has come to help us. People are trying to find their missing family members,” Rahman said, adding that the district’s police force was overstretched by the scale of the disaster.

Guzirga i-Nur district is located more than 140km north of the provincial capital Puli Khumri.

Jawed Basharat, the spokesman for the Baghlan provincial police, said they were aware of the flooding but that it would take eight to nine hours for them to reach the mountainous area.

In April, flash floods killed more than 180 people in Jawzgan province, also in northern Afghanistan.

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