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Over 80 killed and thousands displaced by floods and avalanches

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Afghanistan
KABUL, 2 April 2007 (IRIN) - Flash floods and avalanches have killed 83 people and damaged hundreds of houses across a third of Afghanistan's provinces, officials say.
The government of Afghanistan has declared humanitarian emergencies in 13 of its 34 provinces and has requested urgent assistance from the international community.
"The current scale of the disaster is beyond our capacity and we face difficulty in providing assistance to the affected people," conceded Karim Khalili, Afghanistan's second vice president and head of the National Emergency Committee (NEC).
Heavy rains, aggravated by rapidly melting winter snows, have caused destructive flooding across Afghanistan since early March. Floods have hit the capital, Kabul, and cut off major highways, hampering relief efforts.
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