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The death toll after heavy rains in Pakistan has risen to 71 as rescuers try to evacuate dozens of people trapped by landslides.

Flooding has badly affected the north of the country and Pakistani-held Kashmir, a region which has been disputed with neighbouring India.  

Ten more people were found dead in the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa after the weekend downpour destroyed dozens of houses and triggered landslides.

'The number known to have died in rains so far in the northwest has now risen to 61 with over 350 houses damaged all over Khyber Pakhtunkhwa,' a spokesman for the local disaster management authority said.

He said 30 people were still stranded after a landslide in the area of Khoistan.

Dozens of Pakistani tourists remained marooned in the picturesque Neelum Valley in Pakistani-held Kashmir as authorities attempted to evacuate them.

Traders try to prevent their vehicles being washed away by floodwaters near the city of Peshawar (pictured) 

Traders try to prevent their vehicles being washed away by floodwaters near the city of Peshawar (pictured) 

At least 10 people have been confirmed killed there since the rain began on Saturday.

'My children are sitting under the open sky. My cattle and belongings were trapped under the debris,' said local resident Nasim Atakhar after her house collapsed.

Poorly built homes across Pakistan, particularly in the countryside, are susceptible to collapse during the spring rains, which are often heavy.

Seasonal rains are a big problem in Pakistan every year and these people on the outskirts of Peshawar (pictured) have been left wading in water

Seasonal rains are a big problem in Pakistan every year and these people on the outskirts of Peshawar (pictured) have been left wading in water

Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif expressed 'deep grief and sorrow over the loss of precious human lives due to floods.'

His office said: 'The prime minister has directed the National Disaster Management Authority and other concerned authorities to ensure timely relief activities for the victims, including provision of proper medical care, food and shelter for the affected.' 

With floodwater washing around their ankles these people in Pakistan simply got on with life as best they could

With floodwater washing around their ankles these people in Pakistan simply got on with life as best they could

Severe weather in recent years has killed hundreds and destroyed huge tracts of prime farmland.

During last year's rainy season torrential downpours and flooding killed 81 people and affected almost 300,000 people across the country.

In 2010 catastrophic floods killed almost 2,000 people and devastated huge areas of the country. 

 

 

 

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