KPK (HRNW): Officials in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province say they are consulting the military about a rescue operation, rescuers are attempting to reach thousands of people stranded by floods and landslides in Pakistan’s north-west and parts of Kashmir after the death toll rose to 55.

Disaster management officials in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, where 47 people have died since the downpour began on Saturday night, said they were consulting the military about a rescue operation there amid fears the death toll could still climb. “We are trying to arrange a helicopter to reach the people stuck under debris of their houses,” Latifur Rehman, a spokesman for the provincial disaster management authority, told HRNW.

The authority said it had received reports of damage to dozens of houses but had failed to reach people stranded in three districts of the province. “We need to get bodies and the injured out from under the rubble and provide food and tents to the survivors,” Rehman said, adding that four truckloads of supplies had been sent to affected districts.

“All roads leading to villages and other areas have been blocked … There is no movement at all,” Khalid Khan, a courier company owner in the Shangla district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, told HRNW, adding that local hospitals lacked the facilities to deal with the injured.

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