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Dozens Killed In Torrential Rains in Pakistan

  • RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal

Men collect try to collect their belongings from a makeshift shop on the outskirts of Peshawar after it was hit by flooding following torrential rain in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province on April 3.

Men collect try to collect their belongings from a makeshift shop on the outskirts of Peshawar after it was hit by flooding following torrential rain in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province on April 3.

Officials said dozens of people were killed after torrential rains hit northwest Pakistan.

Rains that started overnight on April 3 caused flash flooding in several districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province and in the Neelam valley in Pakistan-administered Kashmir.

At least 53 people were killed, and another 60 people were admitted to hospitals.

The worst-hit area in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa was the Shangla district where 14 deaths were reported, followed by the Kohistan region where rains and landslides killed 12 people.

About 40 houses were destroyed in different areas of the volatile province.

South Asia's summer monsoon season frequently results in flash floods in Pakistan, which cause widespread damage in rural villages with minimal infrastructure.

During the rainy season last summer, torrential downpours and flooding killed 81 people and affected almost 300,000 people across the country.

With reporting by AP, AFP, and Dawn
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