26 of wedding party swept away in Pakistan floods

26 of wedding party swept away in Pakistan floods

The accident happened when a pick-up truck carrying the groom's party of 29 was hit by floods. Photograph: (AFP)

AFP Peshawar, Pakistan Jul 30, 2016, 08.52 PM (IST)
At least 26, mostly children, were killed on Saturday when a vehicle carrying wedding guests was washed off a mountainous road by floods and flung into a gorge, officials said.

The dead included 18 children and six women.

"Rescue operation has been completed, dead bodies of 26 had been retrieved," Rahimullah Mehsud, a local government official of Khyber tribal district, where the incident took place, told AFP.

Mehsud earlier said rescue workers and residents were facing difficulties as the "area is remote and mountainous".

The accident happened when a pick-up truck carrying the groom's party of 29 was hit by floods in a remote village in Khyber, one of Pakistan's seven tribal districts bordering Afghanistan. The three who survived were taken to hospital.

Hekmat Khan, another government official, confirmed the death toll and told AFP that the child victims were aged up to nine years.

The monsoon began earlier this month, drenching the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and central Punjab provinces in heavy rain, which have been badly affected by flooding in recent years that some scientists have linked to climate change.

(AFP)

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Of those dead, 18 were children aged up to nine and six women

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