Islamabad: At least 33 people have been killed in flash floods triggered by heavy monsoon rains that wiped out an entire village in northwest Pakistan, officials said on Friday.
   
District Coordination Officer Syed Imtiaz Ali Shah said the village of Richow was swept away by flash floods in Kohistan region along Karakuram highway in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province.
    
He said 33 people were killed and added that relief and rescue efforts were underway in the affected region.
    
The bodies of those killed were found by people living in lower areas. A number of villagers were still missing.
   
 Local media has put the death toll in recent flash floods to 63.
    
Shah said two helicopters were being sent with 300 food packets, tents, quilts and blankets to the affected village.
   
Health and rescue teams have already been dispatched to the area.
   
Provincial Disaster Management Authority spokesman Adnan Khan told the media that an emergency meeting of all line departments would be held soon to cope with the aftermath of rains.
    
The valley of Kandia, situated between high mountains and Kandia River, is vulnerable to natural calamities and a large number of families left the area after last year's floods.
    
In 2009, over 52 people were killed when avalanches hit a village.
   
Meanwhile, several parts of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province and tribal areas witnessed massive rains on Thursday and the Met office has forecast more rains across the province.

(Agencies)