4 killed, 17 missing in boat sinking incident in Pakistan – Officials

4 killed, 17 missing in boat sinking incident in Pakistan – Officials
Written by Maritime First

… As Flood deaths rise to 33 in central China***

Officials say four people were killed when a boat carrying people celebrating the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha capsized in north-western Pakistan on Thursday.

A rescue operation was under way to find three people who were still missing after the boat sank in a reservoir in Bajaur region, local administration official Mohamed Fiaz said.

He said two children were among the dead.

More than 20 people were rescued by army commandos, official rescuers and volunteer divers, Fiaz said.

Fiaz said that the people were riding in several boats on the reservoir on the second day of Eid.

In another development, the death toll following severe flooding in China’s Henan province and its capital Zhengzhou has risen to at least 33.

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At least eight people were still missing, the authorities announced on Thursday.

Since last Friday when the heavy rains began, at least 376,000 people in the province had been brought to safety from danger zones.

According to official figures, at least 25 people died in Zhengzhou alone after the heaviest rainfall in the region since weather records began.

Videos showed how some of the multi-lane roads in the metropolis of nine million people had turned into raging rivers on Tuesday.

The water masses also flooded the metro, where hundreds of people were temporarily trapped in trains and tunnels.


– dpa



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