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NATO Evacuates Villagers After Afghan Floods


http://gdb.rferl.org/a59d08e9-871e-4902-abef-c98b3c389f7f_w203.jpg --> http://gdb.rferl.org/a59d08e9-871e-4902-abef-c98b3c389f7f_mw800_mh600.jpg (RFE/RL) March 21, 2007 -- NATO-led troops have used helicopters to evacuate about 600 stranded villagers in southern Afghanistan after floods destroyed their homes.


NATO's International Security Assistance Force issued a statement with the news on March 20.


The alliance said that despite the persistent rain, Dutch and U.S. helicopters landed and evacuated people in the border regions between the southern provinces of Helmand and Oruzgan.


Floods and avalanches triggered by heavy rain have killed at least 17 people in Ghor and Badghis provinces in recent days.


(AP, Reuters)

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