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Floods wreak havoc in Takhar

Floods wreak havoc in Takhar

Apr 11, 2011 - 20:44

TALUQAN (PANinfo-icon): Flash floods triggered by heavy rains swept away 40 houses, destroyed 30 acres of agricultureinfo-icon land and perished 80 household animals in northern Takhar province, officials said on Sunday.

Unleashed by heavy rains, the floods wrecked havoc on Sunday night in Ashkmash and Bang districts, where dozens of houses were damaged, with residents fleeing to safer places, the Ashkmash district police chief, Col. Muallim Rauf, told Pajhwok Afghan News.

"The flood waters have destroyed crops standing on 10 acres of land," he said, adding a delegation had been dispatched to assess losses.

Heavy rains that started on Sunday morning caused flash floods in Dara-i-Shu village, a resident, Rohullah, 30, said. He asked the government to come to their rescue as soon as possible.

More than 20 houses were destroyed in Bangi district alone and another 20 houses and nearly 20 acres of farmland washed away by floods in Morcha-i-Ali, Maghul and Kata Qishlaq villages, Bangi district chief, Mir Ahmad Haqparast, said.

However, there were no report about casualties, he said.

"People fled their houses to escape flood waters as the floods rage," a resident of Maghul village, Ahmad Wali, 25, said.

Most of residents had taken refuge at houses of their relatives in other areas, he said.

The floods also created chaos in Chal district, where 80 livestock were perished and a shepherd was injured by lightning.

The shepherd was struck by lightning on a hill, Chal district chief, Mir Ghulam Khalid, said.

Last year, 26 people were injured, 2,400 livestock perished, 3,900 houses destroyed and 9,300 acres of farmland washed away by floods in the province.



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