Torrential monsoon rains and mudslides flooded parts of northwest Pakistan, destroying homes and killing at least 17 people, police say
PESHAWAR, Pakistan – Torrential monsoon rains and mudslides hit parts of northwestern Pakistan early Sunday, destroying homes and killing at least 17 people, police said.
Officer Mohammad Nawaz said eleven bodies were recovered from the debris of mud and brick houses in Tor Ghar district, and rescuers were looking for the remaining victims, including women and children.
Nawaz said three adjacent houses were completely washed away in a remote village in the district, while other houses were less affected. Authorities in the city of Abbottabad said a mudslide in the suburb also killed a couple and their child, and injured three others.
The country’s disaster management authorities said they were sending relief supplies to the affected area, but mudslides in mountainous areas were delaying delivery. Efforts were underway to clear the roads.
The monsoon lasts until mid-September in Pakistan, and similar incidents are not uncommon.