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(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) Bodies of women and children were among those recovered from the inundated areas the national disaster management authority (ndma) said adding that scores of people were missing.

rescuers scrambled sunday to deliver food and medical supplies to afghan families marooned on mountaintops after flash floods killed 74 people in a remote northern district washing away hundreds of homes and forcing thousands to flee.

the death toll was expected to rise with scores of people said to be missing in the mountainous district of baghlan province after torrential rains unleashed the floods on friday.

the floods come a month after a landslide triggered by heavy rains buried a village and killed 300 people in a nearby region.

the twin disasters highlight the challenges facing underdeveloped afghanistan’s next leader as the country heads into the second round of the presidential election on june 14.

“people have lost everything they had — houses property villages agricultural fields cattle” baghlan police spokesman jawed basharat said about the floods.

“there’s nothing left for them to survive. people don’t even having drinking water” he added. “they urgently need water food items blankets and tents.”

basharat said the afghan army was battling to deliver aid to the affected families many of whom have fled to mountaintops to escape flood waters.

“officials are at the airport in pul-e-khumri (baghlan provincial capital) and we will try and reach there soon” he told afp.

most disaster management officials were difficult to reach sunday due to poor telecommunication networks in the remote area.

the governor of the province sultan mohammad ebadi said the death toll stood at 74 warning that the extent of the disaster was “massive” and that the toll was expected to rise further.

bodies of women and children were among those recovered from the inundated areas the national disaster management authority (ndma) said adding that scores of people were missing.

“there is a lot of stagnant water and there are more bodies under the rubble and mud” mohammad nasim kohzad head of ndma in baghlan told afp.

“we are still looking for other victims of this flood.”

the governor of the remote affected district of guzargah-e-nur confirmed that 74 bodies had been recovered by authorities.

“the floods destroyed four villages and washed away 2000 residential houses agricultural fields and also killed thousands of cattle” noor mohammad guzar told afp.

officials were further assessing the extent of the damage on life and property in the affected area mohammad aslam sayas the deputy head of the national disaster management authority said.

“our teams have also provided some edibles (food items) and medication to the affected people. more aid will get there soon” he said.

but basharat the baghlan police spokesman claimed that the affected families had received no assistance from the central government or relief agencies so far.

outgoing afghan president hamid karzai in a statement said he was saddened by the loss of life and property in baghlan province and directed disaster management officials to dispatch emergency relief aid to affected families.

last month a landslide triggered by heavy rains buried a village in a remote area of northeast badakhshan province killing at least 300 people.

the may 2 disaster left hundreds of families homeless in argu district of the mountainous province which borders tajikistan china and pakistan.

the floods and landslides follow recent severe flooding that have affected a vast swathe of afghanistan particularly northern provinces leaving 175 people dead and tens of thousands displaced.

flooding and landslides often occur during the spring rainy season in northern afghanistan with flimsy mud houses offering little protection against rising water levels and torrents of mud.

afghanistan is currently voting to choose a successor to karzai who has been in power since the fall of the 1996-2001 taleban regime.

afghan presidential front-runner abdullah abdullah faces former world bank economist ashraf ghani in next week’s vote run-off.

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