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17 dead as floods sweep away 2 vehicles in Khost

Flash floods have swept away two passenger vehicles in southeastern Khost province, killing at least 17 people, local officials said on Tuesday.

The floods caused the fatalities in Yaqubi district and Haroonkhel area on the outskirts of Khost City, the acting head of the Afghanistan natural disaster management authority said.

Shahdam Hilal said the flooding had resulted from torrential rains in the province, where a flying coach carrying to Khost City was swept away in Haroonkhel area.

He said the dead included four women and as many children, coming from across the border to the Khost capital. Hilal added several people were killed and wounded in Yaqubi as well.

Agha Jan, administrative head for the district, said seven people including four children and two women of a family were killed when a pickup car was hit by floods in Khalbasat Bazaar area.

Hilal said a house collapsed due to floods in Zazai Maidan district, but the incident caused no casualties. The floods also caused casualties and financial losses in other areas of the province, he indicated. (PAN)

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