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Afghan floods kill more than 200
Snowfall in Afghanistan
The floods followed Afghanistan's worst winter in years
More than 200 people are now known to have been killed by severe flooding in Afghanistan, after torrential rain and melting snow caused rivers to overflow.

Officials in the worst-hit area, the central province of Uruzgan, say thousands of homes have been destroyed and many more people are still missing.

The floods have inundated farmland and swept away cattle, sheep and goats.

US military helicopters have rescued about 250 people and the UN World Food Programme (WFP) has sent in supplies.

Last month, the WFP warned that Afghanistan was facing catastrophe as snow began melting from the country's worst winter for decades.

The harsh conditions also took their toll on the population, with more than 300 people thought to have died of cold-related illnesses.

As well as Uruzgan, the western provinces of Farah and Herat, the central province of Ghor and the northern province of Faryab have also been badly affected.

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