Up to 11 feared dead after Afghan floods: govt

JALALABAD, Afghanistan, Sept 3, 2009 (AFP) - Flash floods in Afghanistan washed away homes and farmland, leaving up to 11 people feared dead a day after a suicide attack in the same province, an official said Thursday.

Triggered by unseasonal downpours overnight, the floods destroyed three mud-brick houses and damaged many others in a valley in Alingar district of Laghman province, said Sayed Ahmad Safi, spokesman for the provincial governor.

"Eleven people, including nine from one family, are missing. We have found five bodies so far and are still searching for others," he told AFP.

The victims included women and children, he said.

The floods also killed dozens of animals and washed away around 60 hectares (around 150 acres) of farmland.

Following several years of drought, Afghanistan has had good rain and snow in the past two years, causing spring and summer floods.

An audacious Taliban suicide attack killed Afghanistan's deputy head of intelligence and 23 other people outside a mosque in Mihtarlam, the provincial capital of usually peaceful Laghman, on Wednesday.

Source: AFP

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