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Dozens Killed In Torrential Rains in Pakistan

File photo of a flood rescue in Pakistan.
File photo of a flood rescue in Pakistan.

Officials said dozens of people were killed after torrential rains hit northwest Pakistan.

Latif ur Rehman, a national disaster management official, said rains that started overnight on April 3 caused flash flooding in several districts of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Province.

He said at least 45 people died and another 34 people were admitted to hospitals.

Another unnamed disaster agency spokesman in the province counted more than 24 dead and about 40 houses destroyed in different areas of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.

South Asia's summer monsoon season frequently results in flash floods in Pakistan, which cause widespread damage in rural villages with minimal infrastructure.

During the rainy season last summer, torrential downpours and flooding killed 81 people and affected almost 300,000 people across the country.

With reporting by AP and AFP