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29 Jul 2016 description

More than 100 people have been killed in monsoon floods in South Asia, as torrential rain caused chaos in several countries.

Hundreds of thousands of people have been displaced, with many rescued from rising waters and housed in shelters.

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16 May 2016 description

Polio could be eradicated in Pakistan within months, health officials say, as a mass vaccination drive is launched.

A World Health Organisation spokesman told the BBC only a handful of cases have been reported this year in Pakistan and neighbouring Afghanistan.

The two countries are the last places where polio remains endemic.

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22 Jun 2015 description

Some 224 people are now believed to have died during a heatwave in Pakistan's southern Sindh province.

Health officials say most of the deaths have been in the largest city, Karachi, which has experienced temperatures as high as 45C (113F) in recent days.

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17 Jan 2015 description

By M Ilyas Khan

BBC News, Islamabad

Pakistan has yet to report a new case of polio in 2015 - but officials are keeping their fingers crossed nonetheless.

In recent years the Taliban have banned vaccinations in areas under their control, while scores of health workers or policemen guarding vaccine campaigns have been shot dead by gunmen.

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19 Dec 2013 description

Heavy fighting involving artillery fire and helicopter gunships is taking place in the Pakistani tribal area of North Waziristan, military sources say.

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05 Aug 2013 description

Torrential monsoon rains across eastern Afghanistan and northern Pakistan have killed at least 100 people and destroyed hundreds of homes.

Forecasters are warning there may be more thunderstorms and heavy rain over the next few days.

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19 Jul 2013 description

A lack of co-operation between South Asian countries is preventing timely flood warnings that could save lives and property during the monsoon season.

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24 Oct 2012 description

The Taliban's attempt to kill teenaged activist Malala Yousafzai in Pakistan earlier this month underlines the dangers that the militant conflict holds for the country's schoolchildren.

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06 Sep 2012 description

Kashmir has long been a source of tension and bloodshed between Pakistan and India.

Now peace moves are paying dividends - with hundreds of militants returning home, under an amnesty.

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23 Aug 2012 description

More than 40 people have died during monsoon rains in Pakistan and India.

In Pakistan, flash floods triggered by the rainfall destroyed more than 50 homes in the north-western province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

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18 Jul 2012 description

By Navin Singh Khadka Environment reporter, BBC News

Most South Asian countries are witnessing an increasing trend in landslides in recent years and scientists say extreme rainfall patterns, seismicity, and uncontrolled human activities are to blame.

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17 Oct 2011 description

By Orla Guerin BBC News, Sindh

Muhammad Hanif rarely let his youngest son Abid out of his sight.

The poor farmer was devoted to the lively three-year-old: "I was always picking him up and playing with him. He was the baby of the family. I couldn't be without him for five minutes," he said. Now he is without him forever.

Abid died from diarrhoea and gastroenteritis contracted from contaminated water. His parents had nothing else to give him.

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22 Sep 2011 description

Authorities in Pakistan are still struggling to reach those worst affected by floods, weeks after devastating monsoon rains in the south.

Aid workers, who are also affected by flooding, have had difficulty getting help to the thousands stranded on higher ground, officials told the BBC

Officials say 8 million people have now been affected by the crisis. Last week they put the figure at about 6 million.

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15 Sep 2011 description

More than two million people in Pakistan are suffering from flood-related diseases following torrential rain in Sindh province, officials say.

More than 7,000 people are being treated for snake bites.

Aid agencies estimate that six million people have been affected by the floods and that cases of malaria and diarrhoea are increasing.

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06 Sep 2011 description

The Pakistani province of Sindh has declared five flood-hit districts to be "calamity areas" - short of food, housing and medical supplies.

Officials say that at least five million people have been affected by floods across the country, with thousands forced to vacate their homes.

Thousands of rice, cotton and sugar cane crops have been destroyed. Heavy rainfall is continuing on Tuesday.

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14 Jun 2010 description

By Syed Shoaib Hasan

BBC News, Karachi

There has been an insurgency in Balochistan for more autonomy

The US-based aid agency Mercy Corps is pulling out of two southern Pakistani provinces for security reasons.

Nearly 50 offices in Balochistan and Sindh are to be shut.

The decision follows the kidnapping of four of the agency's local staff in February, allegedly by pro-Taliban gunmen. One has since been killed and a ransom is sought for the others.

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19 May 2010 description

By Raza Hamdani

BBC Urdu, Hunza

We drive as far as the road will take us, and then we stop because the debris from the landslide that occurred in January still blocks the road.

To the right, the once steep ridges on which Attabad village was perched now present a vast descent of loose rocks and rubble that fills up the gorge of the Hunza river, creating a huge embankment.

For nearly five months, this embankment has blocked the flow of Hunza river, creating a lake upstream and a desolate gorge below.

If and when the bank is breached, officials expect a 60.96m (200ft) wave of …

17 May 2010 description

A lake in northern Pakistan formed when landslides blocked a river in January could begin to overflow within the next 10 days, officials have told the BBC.

If that happens water may begin to flow through drainage channels dug to cope with any overflow, deputy district commissioner Zafar Waqar said.

The government has nonetheless begun evacuating 18 villages, he said.

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16 May 2010 description

By Jill McGivering

BBC News

Relief agencies struggling to support thousands of villagers displaced by floodwater in northern Pakistan have delivered fresh supplies to the affected area.

A landslide in January dammed the River Hunza and created a lake which is steadily deepening. There are now fears that the lake could soon break its banks and destroy many more villages.

Some were displaced by the original landslide in January.