Tuesday 30 May 2017

Pakistan flash floods caused by torrential rain kill at least 45

A Pakistani national disaster management official says flash floods triggered by torrential rains have killed dozens of people in the country's northwest. (AP Photo/Mohammad Sajjad)
A Pakistani national disaster management official says flash floods triggered by torrential rains have killed dozens of people in the country's northwest. (AP Photo/Mohammad Sajjad)
Pakistani villagers watch at flash flooding on the outskirts of Peshawar, Pakistan, Sunday, April 3, 2016. (AP Photo/Mohammad Sajjad)
Pakistani villagers stand outside their homes during flash flooding on the outskirts of Peshawar, Pakistan. (AP Photo/Mohammad Sajjad)

Flash floods triggered by torrential rains have killed at least 45 people in north-west Pakistan.

Rains started overnight on Saturday and caused flash flooding in several districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, said a Pakistani national disaster management official.

Another 34 people were admitted to hospitals with injuries.

Flash floods are commonly triggered during South Asia's summer monsoon season. Pre-monsoon rains like the current downpour frequently cause damage in Pakistan - particularly in rural villages with minimal infrastructure.

Residents of scores of villages close to rivers were given warnings to vacate and leave for safer places.

"We're left on our own. Nobody from the government is coming to help us," said Habib Khan, a resident of the northern Swat valley, talking to a local TV news channel.

The channel showed damaged houses and submerged streets

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