Pakistan, India Floods Kill At Least 218

Pakistan Flooding

A view of a flooded area caused by heavy rains on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, Friday, Sept. 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)

(SOURCE)  Seasonal monsoon rains have claimed the lives of at least 218 people across Pakistan and India, and the situation could only get worse with more rain forecasted for the coming days. The heavy rain has sparked flooding, landslides and roof collapses across both countries, creating dangerous conditions in the Indian controlled area of Kashmir and far eastern Pakistan.

Pakistan Flooding

A Pakistani army helicopter hovers to rescue trapped people from a flooded area on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, Friday, Sept. 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)

All told, at least 110 people have been killed in Pakistan and another 108 killed in India from heavy rain related catastrophes.

Ahmad Kamal, a spokesman for Pakistan’s National Disaster Management Authority, said at least 61 people died in the eastern Punjab province since Thursday. He said another 38 people died in the Pakistan’s portion of Kashmir and 11 died in northern Gilgit Baltistan province.

Kamal said officials believe all those were killed when the roofs of their homes collapsed. He said the delgue has injured 148 people across the country.

“We are dispatching tents and other relief items for those who have been affected because of rains and floods,” he said. He said the army helicopters and boats were evacuating people from affected areas.

In India, authorities put the death toll at 108 people, including some 30 people killed when a bus filled with those attending wedding washed away in a flooded stream. Four passengers managed to swim away, but others remain unaccounted for, officials said.

At least 300 federal rescue workers have joined thousands of state police and soldiers to rescue tens of thousands of people stranded across the region. Dozens of bridges have been damaged or washed away.

Authorities fear the death toll may rise in the region as more flooding and rain is forecast for the coming days.

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