3 Dead, 9 Missing in AJK Floods

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Muzaffaabad – At least three persons were killed and nine other are reported missing in flash floods triggered by heavy rains on Wednesday in Pakistan-controlled Kashmir The officials said there was “no chance” of survival for the nine persons who have been swept away by the waters. “Rescue teams were at work in the Machiara ravine, around 40 km from Muzaffarabad, the capital of Pak city,” Raja Muazzam, director of Kashmir’s Disaster Management Authority said “We have recovered three dead bodies. Those who were swept away in the flood waters and are still missing include six men and three women. The water level is still very high and has hampered the rescue operation. It seems that there is no chance for any survival,” Ansar Yaqoob, a senior government official, was quoted by AFP news agency. Pakistan was devastated by floods in the summer of 2011 which affected 5.8 million people, with flood waters killing livestock, destroying crops, homes and infrastructure.

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