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Torrential Thunderstorms Hit Tajikistan

DUSHANBE -- One man was killed in a landslide near the Tajik capital, Dushanbe, which was caused by heavy rains in recent days, RFE/RL's Tajik Service reports.

Tajikistan's State Committee for Emergency Situations told RFE/RL today that Saidhoja Tolibov, a 44-year-old employee of the state traffic inspection service, died on June 12 when a landslide crushed his car and swept it into the Surhob River near Dushanbe.

A rescue team retrieved Tolibov's body early on June 13.

Emergency Situations spokeswoman Nigorahon Solehova told RFE/RL that heavy rain and storm conditions damaged at least 80 houses in the southern Yavan district and more in the southwestern Gorno-Badakhshan autonomous region.

The southern region of Sughd was also reportedly affected, leaving roads, bridges, agricultural fields, power lines, and homes damaged in the districts of Asht, Penjikent, Gonchi, and Kairakkum.

Solehova said rescue teams have been sent to the affected regions.

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