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Scores die as Pakistan monsoons trigger floods

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Media captionHeavy monsoons have triggered raging torrents across north-west Pakistan

At least 100 people have been killed in floods triggered by heavy monsoon rains in north-west Pakistan.

Rivers have burst their banks and entire villages of mudbrick houses have been destroyed.

Dozens of people are known to have drowned; others have been crushed by collapsing buildings or electrocuted.

The floods are the worst for more than 80 years, officials say, and more heavy rain is forecast across much of Pakistan for at least another day.

Pakistani TV channels have broadcast footage of vehicles, livestock and people being swept away by powerful torrents.

The army says all available troops have been deployed for relief work.

Flood alerts have been issued in many parts of the country, and those living in low-lying areas have been advised to move to higher ground.

But there are real fears that many more lives will be lost in the coming hours.

Airline officials said the weather was likely to have contributed to the plane crash in Islamabad on Wednesday in which more than 150 people died.

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