NWFP flood toll rises to 35August 5th, 2008 - 6:32 pm ICT by ANI
Peshawar, Aug.5 (ANI): The death toll in Pakistans flood-hit North West Frontier Province (NWFP) has risen to 35 and the number of missing has gone beyond 50 in Peshawar and adjoining areas.
According to The News, at least 65 houses have been destroyed in Khyber Agency and crops on thousands of acres were also destroyed. Rescue operations in affected areas have been launched.
On Monday, flash floods claimed the lives of 15 people and forced hundreds to abandon their homes.
Official sources said that a small riverbed flooded by overnight torrential rains swept away several villages and killed livestock in the Khyber tribal region and outskirts of Peshawar.
Nine lives were lost in the Khyber region and six in Peshawar, they added.
The swirling waters flooded homes in the Nasir Bagh neighbourhood on the outskirts of Peshawar, leaving panic-stricken residents no time to salvage their belongings.
The NWFPs Relief Commissioner said that the army has been called in for rescue and first aid operations.
Helicopters and army boats have evacuated some of the stranded villagers. Monsoon rains and flash floods cause extensive damage in the region every year. In 2007, around 250 people were killed in similar circumstances. (ANI)
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