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    Flood fury in north Afghanistan, 5 dead

    FAIZABAD (PAN): Massive floods, triggered by heavy rainfall, ravaged northern and northeastern Afghanistan, killing another five people and injuring dozens more, officials said on Thursday.

    Thousands of acres of agricultural land and dozens of houses were washed away by the floods in Jawzjan, Takhar and Badakhshan.  

    Flood havoc continued in the Argo and Tashkan districts in Badakhshan, Deputy Governor Shamsur Rahman Shams told Pajhwok Afghan News.

    Two people were killed when a thunderstorm struck a house in Tashkan, while a man lost his life in the floods, which also left another 11 people injured, he said, adding the heavy downpours continued to lash most parts of the province over the past two days.

    Shams said five irrigation canals, as many power dams, a water reservoir and road were damaged by floodwaters in Gazdara, Khanaqa and Khwaja Afghani villages of Tashkan district.

    In Jawzjan, two people were killed after a flood hit the Qushtipa district, said Aminullah, the town's administrative head.

    He said 50 domestic animals perished in Turkman, Qadak and Traghali village of the district.

    In Takhar, one person was injured and another missing after a flash flood in Yangi Qala district, said Mustafa Rasuli, the governor's acting spokesman.

    A commission had been tasked to assess human and property losses caused by the recent floods, he said.

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