Floods Batter Pakistan, Scores Dead

Floods brought by monsoon rains swept northwest Pakistan on Thursday, leaving homes submerged and leading to the death of at least 60 people with many others reported missing.

Reports said hundreds of thousands of people have been stranded after rivers burst their banks, while a newly built dam collapsed in the Charsadda district, sending raging waters into residential areas. The United Nations said thousands of homes may have been submerged in the district.

Khyber-Pakhtoonkhwa Information Minister Mian Iftikhar Hussain said dozens of people have been reported missing in the worst floods to hit the region since 1929. Rescue operations have also been hampered due to the weather, as helicopters could not be used in reaching affected areas, where an estimated 400,000 people are stranded.

Pakistan is often hit by floods during the monsoon season, with the country’s poor residents among the most affected as they are usually the ones who live in low-lying areas.