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Pakinstan dam collapse leaves 400 missing

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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