Afghanistan flash floods leave nearly 80 dead

At least 70 people died after flash floods hit northern Afghanistan’s Parwan province.

Floods hit the city of Charikar early on Wednesday morning while people were asleep.

Many of the victims are women and children, provincial spokeswoman Waheeda Shakar said. The death toll is expected to rise.

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Images from Charikar on Wednesday show rescue workers at the scene, digging through rubble and streets engulfed by thick mud.

Others show people searching through rubble for their belongings.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has ordered emergency assistance to be provided to the victims, the presidential palace said in a statement.

Northern and eastern parts of Afghanistan often see heavy rainfall during summer, leading to floods.

Earlier this month, 16 people, mostly children, died when flash floods tore through a village in the eastern province of Nangarhar.