Regions of Pakistan devastated by flash floods
Aug 25, 2011
Flash floods in the Kohistan District of Pakistan have taken the lives of at least 16 people thus far, IRIN reports.
"Sixteen bodies have been recovered so far but the death toll could rise to 30 or 35," Ahmed Kamal, the National Disaster Management Authority spokesman, told the news source.
Kamal added that "dozens" of homes have been swept away, prompting officials to request helicopters to patrol the area for survivors.
"My uncle, who lives in our home village in Kundian [a town in the Kohistan District] told us his house had been flooded, and the agricultural land around it destroyed," Nur Gul, told the news outlet from Dasu, a safer region. "Other people have lost relatives and homes."
Because of the remote location, rescue efforts by humanitarian groups have been increasingly difficult to get together, according to Kohistan district police officer Mohammad IIyas.
Heavy rains are set to continue to hit the country, while hundreds remain stranded in the remote areas without proper housing.
Aside from being displaced, residents are also facing food insecurity and lack of proper hygiene facilities. Some are also severely injured and in need of medical attention, the news outlet reports.