At least 20 people, including children and women, were killed on Saturday when flash floods triggered by monsoons swept away a bus carrying a marriage party in northwest Pakistan.
The spokesman for the local disaster management authority, Latifur Rehman, said the incident took place in the Landi Kotal tribal region bordering Afghanistan. At least four people were still missing and it was unclear whether the bride and groom were also traveling in the same bus.
Rehman said 18 children, six women and two men were killed in the incident. Rescue teams have retrieved the bodies and shifted them to a hospital in Landi Kotal, the official said. Flash floods triggered by torrential rains have badly affected Pakistan’s restive Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province in recent years.
The flooding has been linked by some scientists to climate change. Pakistan’s National Disaster Management Authority said in statement Saturday that as many as 55 people have been killed across Pakistan since the monsoon rains started in July and 35 others injured due to heavy rains in different parts of the country. Annual spring and monsoon rains claim many lives each year in Pakistan, especially in rural areas where poorly built homes are susceptible to collapse.
Over 120 people were killed in rains and landslides killed in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Gilgit-Baltistan region in April. In July, 43 people were killed from a flash flood in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, with over 40 injured and scores of others missing,
Over 80 people were killed and almost 300,000 affected due to heavy rains last summer in Pakistan. Nearly 2,000 people were killed and millions others badly affected in the worst flooding in 2010 that covered almost a fifth of the country’s total land mass.
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Nearly 2,000 people were killed and millions others badly affected in the worst flooding in 2010 that covered almost a fifth of the country’s total land mass. (with inputs from AP)