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Pakistan Flooding Kills Dozens

Pakistani volunteers rescue villagers from a flooded area in Layyah, Pakistan, July 25, 2015.

Heavy rains continued to pelt saturated northern Pakistan, where the bodies of another 24 flood victims were discovered early Saturday, police said.

With those deaths in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provincial community of Chitral, the nationwide total rose to 42 since monsoon-driven flooding began Sunday in parts of Pakistan.

Severe weather has wiped out homes, roads and bridges, affecting at least 250,000 people throughout the country, disaster management officials said Saturday.

The gravest impact so far has been around Chitral, where at least 30 people have been killed since Sunday, The Associated Press reported, citing a local police official.

Death toll

At least eight members of a single family were killed after churning floodwaters carried away their house Friday evening, according to the French news agency AFP.

Another 12 people died in flooding in the country’s eastern Punjab province and southwestern Baluchistan province.

In Punjab alone, flooding has disrupted the lives of 200,000, according to the National Disaster Management Authority.

Ahmed Kamal, a spokesman for the authority, told AFP that severe weather had damaged 422 villages in Punjab and as many as 350 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

The authority has forecast more rain across the country in the coming days, with the possibility of more flooding.

Since 2010, which brought the worst floods in Pakistan’s history, severe weather each year has claimed hundreds of lives and decimated millions of acres of vital farmland, AFP noted.