Mudslide buries 8 students in northern Pakistan

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Posted: Mar 20, 2016 11:41 AM

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — A mudslide on a hilly track buried eight teenage students returning home after exams in northern Pakistan after several days of heavy rain, officials said Sunday.

The spokesman for the local disaster management authority, Latifur Rehman, said the incident occurred Saturday in the village of Susam, near the Afghan border.

More than a week of rains across northern Pakistan and other parts of the country has caused 79 deaths and at least 100 injuries in mudslides and house collapses.

Rehman said the district administration was working with the army, police and paramilitary forces to recover the bodies of the eight students, who are presumed dead. He said two bodies have been recovered so far but ongoing heavy rain was hampering the rescue efforts.

Over 200 houses have been partly or completely destroyed during the torrential rains across the country.