Pakistani rescue workers retrieve 23 bodies from under landslide

Rescue workers retrieve 23 bodies buried under landslide during flood in Northern Pakistan

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Men collect their belongings from their makshift shop which was damaged by flood water after heavy rain on the outskirts of Peshawar, Pakistan, April 3, 2016.

A national disaster management official says rescue workers have retrieved 23 bodies buried under a landslide in northern Pakistan.

Latif ur Rehman says the bodies, buried for the last six days, were retrieved Saturday and handed over to their families.

He says there could be another seven or eight bodies still buried.

The landslide had engulfed several mud and brick houses after flash floods triggered by torrential rains hit northern and northwestern Pakistan last week, killing over 50.

Several districts remain cut off from the rest of the country after the flooding submerged roads and severed communication lines.

The Pakistani army has been airdropping food supplies into remote areas and evacuated several foreign tourists.


TRTWorld, AP