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Flash flooding kills dozens in Afghanistan, Pakistan

Heavy flooding from seasonal monsoon rains in eastern Afghanistan and neighbouring parts of Pakistan left dozens of people dead overnight, according to local officials on Sunday.

Death toll still being tallied as monsoon rains trigger floods

Men sit on a muddy river bank with objects strewn about on a pile of rubble.
People collect belongings from their damaged homes Sunday after heavy flooding in the Khushi district of Logar province south of Kabul, Afghanistan. (Shafiullah Zwak/The Associated Press)

Heavy flooding from seasonal rains in eastern Afghanistan and neighbouring parts of Pakistan left dozens of people dead overnight, according to local officials on Sunday.

Associated Press video showed villagers in the Khushi district of Logar province south of the Afghan capital of Kabul cleaning up after the flooding, their damaged homes in disarray.

Abdullah Mufaker, head of the province's natural disaster response authority, said it was still unknown how many were killed and injured by the rising waters but that there were at least nine fatalities.

A woman wearing a headscarf looks at objects strewn over muddy bricks and debris.
A woman walks by her damaged home after heavy flooding in the Khushi district. (Shafiullah Zwak/The Associated Press)

"The exact number is not clear for the time being, and the people have gone to remove the dead bodies," he said.

Del Agha, a village elder, said the flooding was unprecedented in the history of Khushi.

"It destroyed all the people's animals, houses and agricultural lands," he said. "People are homeless, they have been force to take refuge in the mountains."

Monsoon rains trigger floods in Pakistan

In neighbouring Pakistan, flooding triggered by the monsoon rains killed at least 36 people, including 11 dead in areas bordering Afghanistan, according to the country's natural disaster management authority.

Rescue workers backed by the military have moved thousands of marooned people to safety, while more rains are expected this week in Pakistan.

The monsoon season runs from July through September.

Last week, heavy rains set off flash floods that killed at least 31 people and left dozens missing in northern Afghanistan.

A man shovels water and mud outside a home with a white concrete wall.
A man cleans up outside a damaged home after heavy flooding in the Khushi district. It's the second time deadly floods have hit Afghanistan in the past two weeks. (Shafiullah Zwak/The Associated Press)

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