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Afghan and American troops are working with U.N. relief officials to provide supplies to thousands of Afghans affected by recent flooding, officials said Tuesday.

Half of Afghanistan’s provinces have been hit by floodwaters and mudslides caused by heavy rains and melting winter snow, with the hardest-hit areas in the northeastern parts of the country.

More than 100 people have been killed in the floods, refugee agencies reported, and in at least one instance, some 300 villagers were stranded by floodwaters and had to be evacuated by helicopter.

According to U.S. military officials, some of the rescues have been performed by the new Afghan National Air Corps, flying Mi-8 helicopters.

Connecticut National Guardsmen assigned to Task Force Iron Gray and the Mehtar Lam Provincial Reconstruction Team are also among those providing assistance.

Relief supplies include prepared meals, foodstuffs, jackets, gloves and other clothes, along with tarps and blankets provided by the Red Crescent.

The U.N. Assistance Mission in Afghanistan said Tuesday that some 25,000 victims in remote areas still need help.

On Sunday, an official call for help went from the Afghan government to the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force.

Much of the flooding is caused by the Kabul River breaching its banks.


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