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26 Killed As Afghan Wedding Party Swept Away In Flash Floods

At least 26 people were killed and more than 100 reported missing after a wedding party swept away in flash floods in northern Afghanistan, reports quoting officials said on Monday.

Most of the victims were women and children as the floods, triggered by heavy rains, swept through three villages in Deh Mardan district of Sari Pul province.

The reports said 26 bodies, most of them that of women and children, had been recovered so far and search was on for the missing. Livestock was also lost in the torrents that tore through farm lands.

Afghanistan is experiencing unusually heavy snowfalls, and experts fear that melting snow would likely cause floods in the mountainous north in the spring.

The U.N. humanitarian office for Afghanistan said in March that at least 145 people were missing and "presumed dead" after an avalanche hit a remote village in north-eastern Badakhshan province.

by RTT Staff Writer

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