Published On: Tue, Apr 5th, 2016

Rain, landslide death toll hits 69

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PESHAWAR/GILGIT: The death toll from rain-triggered flash flooding and landsliding in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Gilgit Baltistan rose to 69 on Tuesday as 14 more people were killed.

According to officials of Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA), a mudslide hit several houses in KPK’s Kohistan district, burying more than 50 people.

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The rescuers and local people retrieved 14 bodies and 13 injured from the debris as search was underway for remaining 24 people, including women and children.

Due to heavy rains and landsliding in parts of KPK and Gilgit over past couple of days, deaths occurred in Shangla, Kohistan, Swat, Bannu, Battagram, Chitral, Mardan, Upper Dir, Charsadda, Malakand and Mansehra.
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Officials said more than 140 houses have been destroyed due to heavy rains. The torrential rain caused serious losses to orchards and other standing crops.

Efforts were underway for rehabilitation of the rain-affected people.

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Reports say sliding also hit Neelam Valley of Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Chilas at Gilgit-Baltistan region where the catastrophe damaged Karakorum Highway.

Several tourists have been trapped in different remote areas.

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Syed Ammar Alavi

- is Lahore (Pakistan) based journalist & writer with 25-year experience in print, wire and broadcast forms of journalism. His major fields of interest are politics, film,tv,sports, climate change and technology

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