Pakistan flash floods caused by torrential rain kill at least 45

Pakistan flash floods caused by torrential rain kill at least 45

Flash floods triggered by torrential rains have killed at least 45 people in north-west Pakistan.

Rains started overnight on Saturday and caused flash flooding in several districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, said a Pakistani national disaster management official.

Another 34 people were admitted to hospitals with injuries.

Flash floods are commonly triggered during South Asia's summer monsoon season. Pre-monsoon rains like the current downpour frequently cause damage in Pakistan - particularly in rural villages with minimal infrastructure.

Residents of scores of villages close to rivers were given warnings to vacate and leave for safer places.

"We're left on our own. Nobody from the government is coming to help us," said Habib Khan, a resident of the northern Swat valley, talking to a local TV news channel.

The channel showed damaged houses and submerged streets in the valley and other parts of the north-western province.

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