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    Flood-hit families receive aid

    AIBAK (PAN): Tonnes of food items, provided by the World Food Programme (WFP) and the government of Turkey, were distributed to 1,072 flood-affected families in the Dar-i-Sauf district of northern Samangan province, an official said on Monday.

    The WFP contributed 99 tonnes of food items which were given to 472 families, said the district chief. The items included flour, pulses, ghee and salt.

    Turkey provided 33 tonnes of food distributed to 600 families, each receiving 25 kilograms of four, 25 kilograms of rice and five kilograms of ghee, Ahmad Ali Asadi added.

    Provincial Disaster Management Authority head, Rajab Ali Yousafi, told Pajhwok Afghan News the flood victims had been divided into two categories.

    He said the families whose houses had completely been destroyed in the natural disaster received 243 kilograms of flour, 40 kilograms of pulses, 12 kilograms of ghee and two kilograms of salt.

    Those whose houses were partially damaged received 150 kilograms of flour, 18 kilograms of pulses, 11 kilograms of ghee and one kilogram of salt. The the process of distributing aid started a week back and ended on Monday.

    One of the victims, Shamsuddin, a resident of Dehna Shorab area, said three rooms of his house had been damaged and six acre of agriculture land destroyed by the flood.

    He said another aid-giving organisation, IOM, had provided them with blankets, sheets and clothes a month back. The food items provided by the WFP and Turkey were enough to meet their requirement, he continued.

    According to Yousafi, the flood left 11 people dead in provincial capital and districts. Nearly 3,000 houses were damaged and 10,000 acres of agriculture land swept away.

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