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Rains, landslides in Azad Kashmir kill 9

Volunteers evacuate marooned people after heavy rains in a suburb of Peshawar (AP/Dawn)
Torrential rain and landslides in Azad Kashmir have killed atleast nine people, emergency officials said on Thursday.

"Atleast nine people have been killed and seven others have been injured,” Dawn has written quoting Zaheer Qureshi, director general of the disaster management authority.

Earlier, at least three people died in flash flood in Chitral prompting the authority to declare flood emergency in the area. Deputy Commissioner Aminul Haq declared a flood emergency and appealed to the federal and provincial government as well as NGO’s seeking their cooperation.

The Balochistan government has declared four districts of the province as highly vulnerable to flash floods. The districts declared as vulnerable include Naseerabad, Jaffarabad, Jhal Magsi and Sohbat Pur.

This year's monsoon floods in Pakistan have claimed lives of atleast 22 and washed away more than 200 buildings.