Children killed as floods ravage Afghan village

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At least 15 children and a woman were killed and dozens of houses destroyed as flash floods lashed a village in eastern Afghanistan, an official said on Saturday.

 

Flooding caused by torrential rains struck a village in Nangarhar province late on Friday, district governor Naimatullah Noorzai told AFP.

He said 16 people, including 15 children aged between one and five years, and a woman were killed.

Four children were also injured and dozens of houses were destroyed, Noorzai said.

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A relief operation was under way to help affected families, with the disaster striking as the country celebrates the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha. 

A spokesman to the governor of Nangarhar province confirmed the death toll.

Torrential downpours, flash floods and harsh winter weather kill scores of people annually in Afghanistan.

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Many poorly built homes, mostly in rural areas, are at risk of collapse during the rains in the impoverished country.

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