[Hpn] FLOODS KILL DOZENS, LEAVING THOUSANDS HOMELESS IN NOTHEREN AFGHANISTAN
William Charles Tinker
Sat, 18 Jun 2005 16:51:50 -0400
News | canada.com networkFloods kill dozens, leave thousands homeless in
Saturday, June 18, 2005
KABUL (AP) -
Airplanes loaded with food, tents and other emergency supplies rushed to
northern Afghanistan on Saturday after floods left dozens dead and thousands
homeless, officials said.
About 700 homes and several roads were washed away in floods over the
previous four days, said Abdul Majid, the governor of Badakhshan province,
which was the worst hit.
No overall death toll was available. Majid said at least 25 people were
believed killed in Badakhshan. An official with a government disaster
management team in Kabul, Abdul Hamid, said the province's toll was thought
to be 36, while more than 50 were estimated to have died across all of
Martin Battersby, a UN spokesman in Kabul, said three teams of UN and
government officials were surveying the area by helicopter and road.
"Initial assessments suggest this has been a serious flood," he said.
Two planes loaded with relief aid flew to the region Saturday and additional
aircraft were to join the airlift in the next few days.
"We are in need of emergency help. We need 4,000 blankets, 1,000 tents and
lots of food," Majid told The Associated Press.
He said heavy rains had pounded the region over the previous four days and
low-lying areas also were flooded by water running off mountains. The UN
World Food Program said in a statement that much of the damage was done by a
hail storm that swept through the province Thursday.
It said the agency was working closely with the government to assist with
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