Sunday 19 January 2020

Monsoon flooding kills 100 in Pakistan

At least 100 people have been killed by rivers bursting their banks in north-west Pakistan, leading to the country's worst floods for 80 years.

A dam was destroyed and bridges washed away in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province in the north west of the country, leaving an estimated 400,000 people stranded after two days of monsoon rains.

It came as the country held a day of national mourning yesterday for 152 passengers killed in a plane crash in Islamabad.

Investigators believe bad weather was also a factor in Wednesday's crash of AirBlue flight 202.

Ali Khan, the province's deputy health director, said he feared there could be as many as 500 dead.

Medical workers have started a programme to immunise people against cholera and typhoid. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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