Hundreds killed in monsoon floods

2010-07-31 09:16

Rescue workers and troops in northwest Pakistan were this morning struggling to reach thousands of people affected by the worst floods in living memory as the death toll rose above 400.

Hundreds of homes and vast swathes of farmland were destroyed in the northwest and Pakistani Kashmir, with the main highway to China reportedly cut and communities isolated as monsoon rains caused flash floods and landslides.

“This is the worst ever flood in the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in the country’s history,” provincial information minister Mian Iftikhar Hussain said yesterday.

“At least 408 deaths have been confirmed in floods and rain-related incidents across the province,” he said.

Another 150 people were missing in the northwestern province, where impoverished families live in remote mountain villages.

At least 600 000 people have been affected and the number was likely to escalate as river levels continue to rise, the minister said.

Peshawar, the main city in the northwest, and the districts of Swat and Shangla were cut off from the rest of the country as roads and highways were submerged in water, he said.

The army said it had sent boats and helicopters to rescue stranded people and military engineers were attempting to open roads and divert the waters from key routes.

The death toll dwarfed the 152 killed when a Pakistani passenger jet crashed into hills overlooking Islamabad on Wednesday and capped a week of tragedy for the nation of 167 million people.

Relief organisations had earlier put the toll at 325 dead.

“We have so far gathered the figure of 325 deaths due to flash floods in the northwest and (Pakistan-controlled) Kashmir,” Anwer Kazmi, spokesperson for Pakistan’s largest charity the Edhi Foundation said.

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.