The flash flood in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province claimed at least 43 lives, with more than 40 injured and many missing, officials said.
According to the provincial National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), Chitral district was the worst hit region where 31 people died, Xinhua news agency reported.
“The hill torrent washed away a mosque, a Pakistan army check post and nearby houses (35 full house damage, 47 partial house damage),” the NDMA said in a statement.The torrential rain strike Ursoon village on Saturday night, which resulted in flash flood in the stream located near the Pakistan-Afghanistan border, the statement added.
The flash flood swept away a check post kiling atleast eight security personnels and injuring four others, express news reported.
It added that 32 people were also injured in separate incidents of roof collapse.Separately, in Haripur district, four people were killed and four others injured when the roof of their work site collapsed near Tarbela dam area, Latifur Rehman, spokesperson for the Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) said.
Rescue teams from Pakistani army, paramilitary forces and PDMA have launched a search and relief operation.
The Inter-Services Public Relations said in a statement that the troops have provided food, tents and medical aid to affected people in the Ursoon village.
An army helicopter has made five trips from Chitral to Ursoon and evacuated the injured, said the statement.
Meanwhile, a search operation for missing people is underway.