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Pakistan flood

Thousands trapped - More than 1500 dead

Entire villages washed away

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1 Aug 10 - The death toll in the devastating floods across Pakistan could be as high as 1,500, say officials. Rescue workers and 30,000 troops fanned out to areas that continued to be inaccessible due to widespread damage to roads and infrastructure.

Thousands of homes and roads were destroyed, and at least 45 bridges across the northwest were damaged.

Such flooding has not been seen since 1929 in the northwest, said Mian Iftikhar Hussain, the region's information minister.

"Tens of thousands of people are stranded and waiting for help," a senior official, who preferred not to be named, said.

The UN has said the floods have affected over one million people, though it didn't specify exactly what that meant.

Following an aerial survey of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, a spokesman for the Provincial Disaster Management Authority described the destruction as "massive". He said entire villages and grain storages had been washed away.

Buildings simply crumbled into the raging river in Kalam, a town in the northern part of the Swat Valley, Geo TV showed Saturday.

There were fears that a new monsoon system forecast for the next 24 hours could cause further flooding in other areas.

In neighboring eastern Afghanistan, floods have destroyed hundreds of homes and huge stretches of farmland in the past week, according to Matin Edrak, director of the Afghan government's disaster department.

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