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Flash flooding in Afghanistan kills 16 including children

Associated Press logoAssociated Press 01/08/2020
The dead boeies of Afghan children they are killed at a heavy flooding in Khewa district of Nangarhar province east of Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020. An Afghan official says that heavy flooding in eastern Afghanistan has killed at least 16 people after heavy rains hit a mountainous district. A spokesman for the governor of Nangarhar province said Saturday that the flash floods happened in the Khewa district, and that the majority of the victims are children. (AP Photo) © Provided by Associated Press The dead boeies of Afghan children they are killed at a heavy flooding in Khewa district of Nangarhar province east of Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020. An Afghan official says that heavy flooding in eastern Afghanistan has killed at least 16 people after heavy rains hit a mountainous district. A spokesman for the governor of Nangarhar province said Saturday that the flash floods happened in the Khewa district, and that the majority of the victims are children. (AP Photo)

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Flash flooding in eastern Afghanistan killed at least 16 people after heavy rains swept parts of a mountainous area, an Afghan official said Saturday.

Afghans stand inside a home that was damaged by heavy flooding in Khewa district of Nangarhar province east of Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020. An Afghan official says that heavy flooding in eastern Afghanistan has killed at least 16 people after heavy rains hit a mountainous district. A spokesman for the governor of Nangarhar province said Saturday that the flash floods happened in the Khewa district, and that the majority of the victims are children. (AP Photo) © Provided by Associated Press Afghans stand inside a home that was damaged by heavy flooding in Khewa district of Nangarhar province east of Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020. An Afghan official says that heavy flooding in eastern Afghanistan has killed at least 16 people after heavy rains hit a mountainous district. A spokesman for the governor of Nangarhar province said Saturday that the flash floods happened in the Khewa district, and that the majority of the victims are children. (AP Photo)

Heavy floods hit the Khewa district, said Attaullah Khogyani, spokesman for the governor of Nangarharn province. He added that four others were wounded in the incident.

The majority of the victims are children, said Khogyani. He added that a team has been sent to the area to help with emergency services following the foul weather.

The flash floods damaged dozens of homes, the spokesman added.

Summer often brings heavy rainfalls in eastern Afghanistan leading to floods that can leave hundreds of people dead and many more injured every year.

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