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Afghan officials say at least 26 people were killed and more than 100 are missing after flash floods hit a wedding party in northern Afghanistan.

The floods, caused by heavy rain, swept through three villages in the Deh Mardan district of Sar-e-Pul Province.

Officials said most of the victims were women and children who had attended the wedding.

Local officials said rescue teams had been dispatched to search for the missing.

Afghan experts say they had expected a higher number of floods this year after the harshest winter in over 15 years saw unusually heavy snowfall.

In March, the UN said at least 145 people were missing and "presumed dead" after an avalanche hit a remote village in northern Badakhshan Province.

Based on reporting by AP and AFP
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