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Deadly Floods Hit Northern Pakistan


Officials say that flash floods have killed at least 43 people in northern Pakistan near the border with Afghanistan.

Latifur Rehman, a spokesman for the disaster-management authority in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, said on July 3 that 41 people died in the village of Arsun in Chitral district.

He said the remote village did not receive an evacuation warning before the waters washed away most of the settlement.

The overnight flash floods were caused by heavy monsoon rains that began on July 2.

Rehman also said a military-led rescue-and-relief operation was under way, with helicopters being used to reach affected people and provide them with tents, food, and medical aid.

Separately, two Chinese engineers were killed and five Pakistani workers injured when the heavy rains caused the roof of a construction site to collapse at Tarbela Dam, also in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province.

Based on reporting by AP and AFP
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