Flash floods kill 30 in northern Pakistan

Flash floods have killed 30 people in northern Pakistan, near the Afghan border, officials say.

Maghfirat Shah, the mayor of Chitral district, said heavy monsoon rains and flash floods washed away a mosque and several houses in Arsun, an area of Chitral.

He said the bad weather hampered rescue efforts but by Sunday most bodies had been recovered and identified.

A spokesman for the disaster management authority, Yousuf Zia, said search crews have recovered the bodies of seven worshippers swept away when the mosque was hit.

He said nearby roads had been washed away and authorities had called for helicopters to join rescue and relief operations in the remote area.

Chitral is in the far north of Pakistan, bordering Afghanistan's Badakhshan province.


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