Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Pakistan floods kill 27, affect 70,000: UN, officials

Terra Daily via Agence France-Presse: Flash floods have killed 27 people and affected 70,000 others in northwest Pakistan, where authorities are already grappling with a displacement crisis, government officials and the UN said. Heavy rain since Sunday has also caused massive destruction to homes, livestock and crops in Mardan and Swabi districts.

"The flash floods inundated five villages in Swabi district, affecting 70,000 people," senior local administration official Shahidullah, who goes by one name, told AFP on Tuesday. A UN statement confirmed "about 70,000 to 80,000" people had been affected, and said that their sources put the death toll for both districts at 27, with nine people missing and between 400 and 450 homes destroyed….

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