94 dead, thousands homeless in Afghan floods

Reuters, May 26, 2009

Heavy flooding and landslides have killed 94 people and left thousands of families homeless in northern Afghanistan since May 20, the United Nations said.

Some 8,000 houses in 207 villages have been totally or partially destroyed after heavy rain across five provinces, affecting 13,689 families, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said.

The flooding damaged more than 100 bridges and around 600 kilometres of roads.

Around 30 people were also killed by flooding in northern areas of the country earlier this month.

The mud-built homes that house most Afghans in rural areas, are particularly vulnerable to natural disasters in a country at risk from earthquakes, floods and landslides.

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