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Torrential rainstorms have lashed drought-stricken Afghanistan in recent days, bringing widespread flooding that has killed at least five people and washed away homes including in the capital Kabul, officials said Tuesday.
While some welcomed the wet weather after the punishing dry spell of recent years, residents complained about the lack of infrastructure and government assistance to help them clear up from the deluge.
Sixteen - Afghanistan - Provinces - Hours - Hundreds
Sixteen of Afghanistan's 34 provinces were hit in the past 24 hours, destroying or damaging hundreds of houses and sweeping away livestock, said Hashmat Bahaduri, a spokesman for Afghanistan's National Disaster Management Authority (ANDMA).
Hardest hit was Herat province in western Afghanistan, where at least five people were killed when their houses collapsed, Jilani Farhad, a spokesman for the local governor said.
Officials - People - Minivan - Province - Obey
Officials were also searching for 17 people whose minivan was swept away by flooding in the province's Obey district late Monday, Farhad added.
"There were women and children in the vehicle, we are searching but haven't found any sign of them yet," he said.
Scenes - Capital - Kabul - River - Banks
Extraordinary scenes played out in the capital, where the usually parched Kabul River swelled suddenly, bursting its banks in places and...
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