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Over 50 killed in heavy rains

world Updated: Jul 29, 2010 15:48 IST
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Heavy monsoon rains and flash floods have played havoc in northwest Pakistan's Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, claiming lives of over 50 people and damaging crops and homes.

Two army battalions have been deployed in areas of Peshawar affected by flash floods to evacuate people, a military spokesman said.

A flood emergency cell has been set up at the Peshawar Corps headquarters to cope with the situation.

Heavy rains that began on Monday inundated several villages and flash floods swept away mud-brick houses in Shanlga, Swat and Kohat districts, officials said.

Over 50 people have been killed, mostly due to collapse of houses in the rain and landslides, they said.

In Shangla district alone, 21 people died in rain-related incidents, they said. In Dherai village, nine members of a family died as their house collapsed during torrential rains. Eight persons drowned in flash floods across the district.

Four children died in Kohat district when the roof of their house collapsed.

Over 30 mud-brick houses collapsed in Peshawar district though no loss of life was reported.

Torrential rains also swept away the Madyan bridge and link roads in Swat district.

The flooding of the Swat river affected Charsadda district. The flash floods destroyed crops and orchards in several parts of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.