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20 killed in Mardan, Swabi floods, Pakistan

(Source: - THE POST, Mardan/Swabi, 17-AUG-09)

    MARADAN: Twenty people have been confirmed dead as floods wreak havoc in Mardan and Swabi areas while powerful stream of floods took away five persons in different areas of Azad Kashmir, reported a private news channel Sunday. Nine persons went missing in Garyala, 2 in Kaganau camp and 2 in Balagarhi area of Mardan while in Ismailia area Swabi 2 persons are missing.

The deaths mainly occurred due to collapsing of roofs as a number of villages were inundated and fields damaged when floods hit the above areas. A wide area came under water as floods made their way in Mardan and Swabi where 400 houses have collapsed so far. Thousands of people are trapped in the flood-hit areas and efforts are underway by the locals and welfare organizations to shift them to safer places. Ismailia, Kalu Khan, Khat Kalay, Sheraghand and Nazar Kalay areas of Swabi are worst hit. Fields of corn, rice, sugar cane and tobacco have also been damaged in Swabi and Mardan. The heavy floods have also swept away Kalu Khan bridge in Swabi while the communication network has been severely damaged.

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