March 20, 2007
At least 17 people have been killed in an avalanche and floods triggered by heavy rain and several villages were inundated. Twelve people were killed in the avalanche in the central province of Ghor. Five people died in flash floods in the western province of Badghis. Floods also hit several villages in Uruzgan province and NATO-led troops had launched rescue operations. Aircraft had been deployed to evacuate about 1,000 people in the province as the Helmand river, which runs through Uruzgan, was rising. The rains had also damaged or destroyed several mud houses in the rugged and remote province. Many parts of drought-stricken Afghanistan have received heavy rain in recent days.
Torrential Rains/ Floods/ Strong Winds
CANARY ISLANDS - FREAK heavy rains and snowfall on Monday hit Tenerife, where mountain areas were blanketed in snow. Floods blocked roads, and inundated basements especially in the north of the island. Five other regions were also on alert for snowfall and strong winds in northern and central Spain. High winds have lashed most of the country.