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43 killed in Pakistan flash floods

worldpaper Updated: Jul 04, 2016, 05:59 IST

URSOON: Overnight flash floods killed at least 43 people in northern Pakistan, the majority in a remote village that did not receive an evacuation warning before the waters hit washing away most of the settlement, officials said on Sunday. The heavy monsoon rains began late Saturday and were concentrated mainly in the northwestern province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, which has been badly affected by flooding in recent years that some scientists have linked to climate change. The worst hit district was Chitral, on the country’s northwest border with Afghanistan, where the flood waters killed 41 people in the village of Ursoon near the Afghan border, which is home to some 100 families, district mayor Maghfirat Shah told AFP. Eighty-two homes in the village were affected by the waters.

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