Rains in Afghanistan kill 21

Residents stand in the compound of their flood-damaged home in Surobi district of Kabul province on August 7.

Story highlights

  • Authorities blame 21 deaths on heavy rains
  • More than 100 homes were destroyed, one official says
  • Cars were washed away or caught in flash flooding
  • It's the first real rain in months
Heavy rainfall and flooding in the Afghan capital is responsible for at least 21 deaths, officials said.
Mohammad Aslam Sayas, the deputy of the Afghanistan National Disaster Management Authorities, told CNN that at least 108 homes were destroyed by the floodwaters.
At least 11 of the deaths were the result of cars being washed away or caught in flash flooding, Kabul Police Chief Mohammad Ayoub Salangi said.
An election registration office was also damaged, he said.
The International Security Assistance Force on its Twitter account called it the first "real" rain in months.
Photos from Kabul Saturday showed flooded streets and traffic jams in the city.
Dime-sized hail also pelted the region, ISAF said.
The heaviest rain lasted for about two hours Saturday, the police chief said.