At least 66 people killed in flooding in northern Afghanistan

Local authorities in Afghanistan say floods in the northern province of Faryab have killed at least 66 people.

The provincial authorities said the flooding on Saturday also washed away or damaged around 1,500 houses and left eight people missing. Rescue operations are continuing in the area.

Afghanistan has been hit by a series of flash floods due to heavy rains this month. At least 180 people were confirmed to have died in Baghlan and other provinces in the north, while at least 50 people lost their lives in the central province of Ghor.

Providing assistance to those affected by the flooding, and restoring their livelihoods, are major challenges for Afghanistan.
The country is facing economic difficulties, as well as food shortages, under the rule of the Taliban which retook power three years ago.