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21 killed in Afghanistan flash floods

world Updated: Aug 26, 2010 18:16 IST

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Flash floods triggered by torrential rains have killed at least 21 people in Afghanistan, officials said on Thursday.

The worst affected area was the eastern province of Nangarhar, where the flooding, which began Wednesday night, killing 19 people, said Ahmad Zia Abdulzai, the provincial governor's spokesman.

Eight people were injured in the flooding while a dozen others were missing, he said.

The floods have destroyed thousands of hectares of crops, he added.

Two people were killed and hundreds of houses were destroyed in floods Wednesday night in the capital Kabul.

Locals said they had received no aid from the government so far.

Recent floods in Afghanistan's eastern and central provinces have caused heavy casualties and destroyed thousands of houses.

In the past month nearly 100 people have died in Afghanistan due to heavy floods and thousands have been displaced.