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Flood death tally mounts to 1300 PDF Print E-mail
ISLAMABAD, Aug 1 (APP): More than 1300  people have died  in  floods and heavy rains  that  have lashed the country   during the last several days .Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has waived  all provincial taxes, Punjab lifted agricultural tax and Balochistan announced to write off all agri-loans, private news channel reported on Sunday.At least 800 people have lost their lives in rains and flooding in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.At least eight hotels and over 300 houses were swept away in flood water.  Massive devastation has been reported in  Swat and Shangla, where link bridges and thousands of houses were washed away.

Eleven members of the same family were killed when the roof of their houses collapsed in Kabal area of Dardial.
The province Khyber Pakhtunkhwa  has been worst hit in the recent flooding,as over 567 houses were completely destroyed by flash floods, 90 highways were damaged, 58 big thoroughfares were closed for traffic; while, 104 people are still unaccounted for.
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Information Minister Mian Iftikhar Hussain said 12 teams have been  set up to conduct rescue operations.
Similar  devastation triggered by driving rains and subsequent flooding, is in full swing in Punjab, Balochistan, Gilgit-Baltistan and Azad Kashmir, where 494 people were killed, raising the overall death toll in the country.
The United Nations said the rains and floods affected over one million people.
According to the statement of National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), besides Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 37 were killed in Punjab, 19 in Balochistan, 32 in Azad Kashmir and at least six people died in Gilgit-Baltistan in floods.
 

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