Vol. 5 Num 1104 Mon. July 09, 2007  

Landslides kill 24 in Pakistan

Landslides triggered by heavy rain struck two villages in northwestern Pakistan yesterday, killing 24 people including 13 members of the same family, officials said.

Another 15 people were injured when the slides swept away mud-brick houses in the mountainous Pattan district of North West Frontier Province, local official Saifur Rehman said.

"We have recovered 23 bodies including those of women and children, while efforts are underway to retrieve a body which is stuck in the mud," Saifur said.

Pakistan has suffered a wave of extreme weather in the past month.

Floods unleashed by a tropical cyclone and torrential monsoon rain in the south and southwest of the country claimed more than 200 lives and affected 1.65 million people.

Around another 40 were killed in accidents caused by monsoon rains