Monday, August 23, 2010

Bus accident kills 22 in Pakistan

At least 22 people were killed and several others were reported missing when flood waters swept away a bus in Pakistan’s central Punjab province on Monday.

The Peshawar-bound bus turned turtle when it was hit by strong torrents of water in Rajanpur district of Punjab.

Officials said 22 people were killed while 15 were rescued.

A search had been launched for others who were missing, they said.

“The road was closed near Khad Buzdar village due to the danger of water torrents from nearby hills. But the driver ignored the warning and drove on,” a rescue official said.

He said the death toll could rise further.

Last week, over two dozen people were killed in the flood-hit Muzaffargarh district of Punjab when a tractor trolley carrying 40 displaced people was swept away by flood waters.

The devastating floods sweeping Pakistan have killed over 1,700 people and affected 20 million.


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