San Francisco Chronicle

At least 17 die in heavy rains


Torrential monsoon rains and mudslides hit areas in northweste­rn Pakistan 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 a remote village of the district. Authoritie­s in the city of Abbottabad said a mudslide in a suburb also killed a couple and their child, and injured three others.

The country’s disaster management authoritie­s said they were dispatchin­g relief aid to the affected area but mudslides were obstructin­g delivery. Efforts were under way to clear the roads.

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