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Death Toll Rises in Pakistan Dam Break


At least 60 people are confirmed dead and more than 400 remain missing after the Shadi Kor dam ruptured in southwestern Pakistan Thursday.

More than 1,500 people have been rescued from the floodwaters after the two-year-old dam failed. Primarily used for irrigation, the 25-meter-high, 150-meter-long dam was destroyed by a wall of water after a week of heavy rain and snow that has caused over 120 storm-related deaths in the region.

Members of Pakistan's army, navy and coast guard are leading relief efforts at the disaster site in Baluchistan Province. An estimated 50,000 people in the province have been affected with the loss of roads, bridges, houses, crops and telecommunications, much of which remains under water.

Several more days of severe, wet weather are expected.

Some information provided by AP and AFP.

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