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Floods kill dozens in Afghanistan

Photo: A house damaged by flooding in the Baharak district of Badakhshan Zhulia Yaftali/IRIN
KABUL, May 16 (Reuters) - Floods triggered by heavy rains have killed at least 24 people and destroyed more than 800 homes in Afghanistan's northeastern Badakhshan province, the Interior Ministry said on Wednesday.
Several other people have gone missing since the downpour started overnight and hit various parts of the remote and impoverished province on the border with China, Pakistan and Tajikistan, the ministry said.
It urged local and foreign aid groups to help the victims.
After years of successive harsh drought, Afghanistan had heavy snow and rainfall this year.
Several hundred people have died mostly from floods in recent months in various parts of the country.

FLOODS
KHABAROVSK, May 14 (Itar-Tass) - A storm warning was issued on Monday in the city of Yakutsk, where the drifting of ice and a sharp rise in the water level of the Lena River is registered.
Several streets have already been partially flooded in Yakutsk. Sixty-nine people, including 16 children have been evacuated. Evacuation will continue round-the-clock. Brigades of specialists are fortifying the dam.
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