Hundreds missing as Pakistan dam bursts

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More than 400 people are still missing in a remote area of south-western Pakistan after heavy rains caused a large dam to burst, sweeping villagers into the Arabian Sea, a provincial official said today.

More than 400 people are still missing in a remote area of south-western Pakistan after heavy rains caused a large dam to burst, sweeping villagers into the Arabian Sea, a provincial official said today.

At least 20 people are confirmed dead after the 485-foot-long Shakidor Dam burst last night near Pasni, a remote village in Baluchistan province. Between 400 and 500 people are still unaccounted for, said provincial Cabinet minister Sher Jan Baluch.

More than 1,200 villagers have already been rescued by troops, helicopters and boats sent to the area, said Mudasser Butt, an army spokesman in Quetta.

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