Three killed, five missing in flooding in Pakistan

A woman and two children were killed in overnight torrential rains and rescuers were Thursday searching for at least five more people after mudslides changed the course of Kunhar River and inundated two villages in northern Pakistan, officials and reports said.

The latest deaths brings the toll from heavy monsoon rains in Pakistan to at least 26.

Kunhar River washed away more than 100 mostly mud houses in Kashtra and Gul Deri villages, located in a valley, after changing its course.

Police have recovered three bodies but they could not be immediately identified.

The search was on for at least five others missing after floods swept them away.

Thousands of people are at risk of landslides in parts of NWFP and Pakistan-administered Kashmir where ground has become highly unstable following the 7.6-magnitude earthquake last year that left an estimated 75,000 people.

At least 17 people were killed last Monday after mudslides caused by heavy monsoon rains buried makeshift relief camps in Muzaffarabad, capital Pakistani administered Kashmir.

Most of an estimated 3.5 million people rendered homeless by the October 8 earthquake are still housed in temporary relief camps and mud houses.

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the Unicef and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) have completed relocation of some 4,000 earthquake survivors to relief camps from villages at risk of landslides in quake-hit areas.

Meanwhile, reports from another northern town of Gilgit said at least three children were injured Thursday in flashfloods and mudslides in Jotal area.

Landslides also badly damaged nearly a kilometre stretch of the Karakorum Highway in Gilgit that links Pakistan to China, causing serious disruption in traffic flow.

” uff yar Allah Help Pakistan”

things are getting bad.


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