Floods in Pakistan leave 16 dead
Published 25/08/2011 | 15:12
Flash floods triggered by heavy monsoon rains have swept through a village in north-west Pakistan, killing 16 people and leaving several others missing, officials have said.
The floods hit the remote Kundian Valley in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province on Wednesday, destroying houses and other infrastructure, said Syed Asghar Ali Shah, acting head of disaster management in the province.
Mr Shah added that rescue operations and relief operations have been hampered by bridges and roads that were damaged last year in the worst flooding in Pakistan's history and have not yet been fixed.
He went on to say that authorities sent two helicopters to help with the operations and hope to send another on Friday.
Heavy rains are expected to continue in the area for at least another 24 hours, according to Pakistan's meteorological department.
Monsoon rains in Pakistan tend to begin in July and often lead to flooding. The floods that hit last year affected about one-fifth of the country - an area the size of the United Kingdom.
Experts have warned that many citizens are more vulnerable to flooding this year because they have not recovered from last year's tragedy.