Torrential rains kill 17, destroy homes in northern Pakistan

PESHAWAR, Pakistan — Torrential monsoon rains and mudslides hit areas in northwestern Pakistan early on Sunday, destroying homes and killing at least 17 people, police said.

Officer Mohammad Nawaz said eleven bodies were recovered from the debris of mud and brick houses in the Tor Ghar district, and rescuers were searching for the remaining victims, which included women and children.

Nawaz said three adjacent homes were completely swept away in remote village of the district, while other houses were less affected. Officials in Abbottabad reported that a mudslide occurred in the suburbs and also claimed the lives of a couple with their baby. Three others were injured.

The country’s disaster management authorities said they were dispatching relief aid to the affected area but mudslides in mountainous areas were delaying delivery. Roads are being cleared.

Monsoon season lasts until mid-September in Pakistan, and similar incidents are not uncommon.

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