At least 60 people dead in remote part of eastern Afghanistan


At least 60 people have died in a remote part of eastern Afghanistan after heavy rain brought flash floods during the night.

Children and women are said to be among the victims in Kamdesh, where dozens more people are missing and many homes have been destroyed.

The area is held by the Taliban, which has been retaking ground from the military in recent weeks.

Talks are underway to get rescue teams into the hard-to-reach area.

Afghan officials gave a death toll of 60 but the Taliban said 150 people died in the flooding, the Associated Press news agency reported.

An engineer working for the province of Nuristan, where Kamdesh is located, told an Afghan journalist the final toll could exceed 200.

The Taliban say they have sent their own rescue crews to help, promising relief funds worth about $62,000 (£53,000), AP reports.

But it is not clear how well equipped they are to deal with a disaster on such a scale.

They have been fighting government forces across the country, gaining territory since US-led foreign troops left.

Flash floods happen when rain falls so heavily that normal drainage cannot cope.