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1 person dies, 17 missing in Herat flash floods

1 person dies, 17 missing in Herat flash floods

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Apr 16, 2019 - 15:17

HERAT CITY (Pajhwok): One person died and 17 others were missing after flash flood swept away the vehicle they were travelling in Obe district of western Herat province, officials said on Tuesday.

The Monday night floods hit Obe and ten other districts and damaged and blocked the Herat-Kandahar highway, said Ghulam Jilni Farhad, the governor’s spokesman.

He told Pajhwok Afghan News a civilian vehicle with 18 passengers aboard was swept away by a heavy flood in Obe district and later one occupant of the vehicle was found dead and the remaining 17, including womeninfo-icon and children, were missing.

He said a rescue team found the dead person and was making efforts to find the rest. The flash floods also destroyed dozens of residential houses, hundreds of acres of farm land and killed hundreds of livestock, Farhad said.

Hundreds of families have been displaced in Gozar district due to last night floods, he added.

Floods also wrecked havoc in 10 other districts, destroying hundreds of houses, farm lands, gardens and bridges.

Meanwhile, Rahmuddin Sarwarzai, the Obe district chief, told Pajhwok that the fate of the 17 missing individuals remained unknown.

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