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Afghan spring melt leaves 160 dead

world Updated: May 24, 2009 22:11 IST
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Around two months of floods, mudslides and avalanches caused by the spring melt in mountainous northern Afghanistan have killed 160 people, the country's emergency centre said on Sunday.

Sixty-five of the dead were from the worst-affected northeastern Badakshan province, in the Hindu Kush mountain range, according to the latest National Emergency Operation Centre figures given to AFP.

The disasters had affected 10,200 families and destroyed 4,500 homes, it said, providing data from around March 20.

About 1.5 million dollars had been paid out in cash to families who had lost their homes or family members, while government and international agencies had been mobilised to provide food, blankets and other relief, it said.

Afghanistan suffers floods, avalanches and mudslides nearly every spring when the winter snows melt.

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