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Pakistan Flash Floods Kill at Least 53 People


Huge flash floods caused by torrential rain hit northwest Pakistan killing at least 53 people, according to officials.

The rain began on April 2 bringing flooding to parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan provinces.

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Pre-monsoon rains often cause damage in rural Pakistan and officials said locals had been warned to leave their villages for safer places.

The summer monsoon season is even worse, last year killing dozens.

The weekend’s rains also saw dozens of people taken to hospital with injuries, a national disaster management official, Latif ur Rehman, told the Associated Press.

Footages from the scene showed shops and homes damaged, and bridges swept away.

According to officials, tents and other relief goods had been sent to the region. Hundreds of people have also moved to safer areas, local media reports.

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