Flash floods triggered by week-long monsoon rains that have hit northwestern Pakistan, including the scenic Swat Valley, have brought the death toll to 48, a government spokesman said Thursday.
Hundreds of homes have been damaged or swept away. The army has joined relief and rescue operations across Pakistan, which has been hard hit by rains this summer.
Key roads that have been blocked by large rocks dislodged in mudslides are being cleared, according to Taimur Khan, spokesman for the disaster management agency in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. Before Thursday’s updated death toll, the province had said 15 died in the floods.
Overall, about 200 people have been killed in rain-related incidents since July, when monsoon rains began lashing many areas in Pakistan. According to government officials, 101 have died in rain-related incidents in southern Sindh province, which includes the country’s financial hub of Karachi.
Every year, many cities in Pakistan struggle to cope with the annual monsoon deluge, drawing criticism about poor planning. The monsoon season runs from July through September.
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Flash floods and a landslide triggered by heavy rains killed 12 people in Nepal and at least 36 people were missing in the Himalayan nation’s biggest monsoon-related disaster this year, officials said on Thursday.
Home Ministry official Murari Wasti said rescuers had pulled 12 bodies out from muddy debris in the Baglung district of northwest Nepal, where nearly 30 houses were washed away by floods or buried in the landslide that struck before dawn.
Rescuers are still searching for victims and the deaths could rise, he said.
“This is the biggest natural disaster of the year,” Wasti told Reuters. “We have reports of 48 victims — 12 dead and 36 missing — but there could be many more victims as people were trapped while they were still sleeping.”
Army spokesman Santosh B. Poudyal said soldiers using shovels and picks were trying to search through the debris for survivors but that rescue work was being hampered by heavy rains that prevented helicopters from landing in the remote area.
Flash floods and landslides are common in mostly mountainous Nepal during the annual monsoon rains which normally start in June and end in September.
At least 287 people have been killed and 154 injured with another 114 missing across the country this year, according to official data.
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At least 20 people have been killed and about 100 others went missing in a landslide caused by heavy monsoon rains in southeastern Myanmar, local media reported on Friday.
According to state-run MRTV, the landslide buried homes and vehicles in a nearby village in Thaton township of Mon state.
“Authorities and rescue workers are still working to rescue those trapped in the houses and vehicles as of Friday evening,” it said, citing local authorities.
It added that 20 dead bodies were recovered, while dozens others have been rescued and transported to hospital in Thaton town.
According to government data, the flood forced more than 12,000 people in Mon state and adjacent Kayin state to take shelter in temporary camps over the past two days.
In recent weeks, heavy rain have caused flood in upper part of the country forcing around 89,000 people to take refuge in temporary camps and religious buildings.
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