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Flash floods in northern Pakistan killed 55, dozens lost homes

Flash floods in northern Pakistan killed 55, dozens lost homesFlash floods triggered by heavy rain in Pakistan have killed at least 55 people, officials said on Tuesday (April 5).

Yousuf Zia, a disaster management official in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, said nearly 150 homes had been destroyed and tents and blankets were being distributed to the homeless.

Forty-seven people were killed and 37 injured in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Zia said, while eight people were killed in Pakistani-administered Kashmir, officials there said.

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Landslides caused widespread damage to roads and communication infrastructure in the Pakistani side of Kashmir, they said.

The weather system that brought the unusually heavy rain was expected to move northeast, towards northern India, although more isolated storms were expected in northern Pakistan, the Meteorological Department said.

One of the worst-affected districts was the Swat Valley, northwest of the capital, Islamabad, where 121 mm (4.76 inches) of rain fell on Sunday (April 3), the Meteorological Department said.
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