Flooding hits Pakistan's NW a day after curfew lifted

ISLAMABAD - Torrential rains and flooding have left nine people dead in North Waziristan, Pakistan, according to officials and local residents, eight of which, all from the same family, were killed after the roof of a house collapsed in the town of Dattakhel.

A day after an eight-day curfew was lifted; heavy rains have lashed the area causing the River Tochi to burst its banks submerging large farmed areas.

The Governor of North Western Khyber Pakhtunkhawa province, Mehtab Abbasi, who is also the administrator of the seven semi-autonomous tribal areas, including North Waziristan, told reporters that additional rescue teams were being sent to assist the local administration due to the deteriorating situation.

Meanwhile Haji Pazir Gul, a local journalist, told Anadolu Agency that thousands of houses in the region were without electricity and the power outage was also causing problems for rescue workers.

North Waziristan remained under a curfew for eight days till Friday following a roadside bomb attack on an army convoy that killed 9 army servicemen.

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