South Asia

Pakistan Floods Leave 28 Dead

A shopkeeper tries to save belongings as residents use a bridge covered with floodwater after heavy rain in Nowshera District on the outskirts of Peshawar, Pakistan April 4, 2016. REUTERS/Fayaz Aziz

Credit: Reuters/Fayaz Aziz

Peshawar, Pakistan: Flash floods triggered by heavy rain have killed at least 28 people in northern Pakistan, officials said on Sunday, July 3, including some who were swept away while praying at a mosque.

Torrential rains began to pelt the Chitral district, in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province bordering Afghanistan, on Saturday and continued into the night, residents said.

Maghferat Shah, Chitral district administrator, said some residents were missing after flash floods swamped a local mosque in Drosh town in Upper Chitral.

“The floodwater killed ten people and caused serious injuries to 21 others at the mosque. Some of them had been swept away in the floodwater and are still missing,” he said.

During the holy month of Ramadan it is common for people to pray at the mosque during night hours.

Shah said 18 people had been killed in other areas due to rain and flash floods and there were fears the death toll will increase once rescuers reach remote mountainous areas.