Death toll rises to 13 in Kyrgyzstan’s mudslide

Bishkek, July 2 (UNI) The death toll from a mudslide in southern Kyrgyzstan has increased to 13, the press service of the country’s Ministry of Emergency Situations reported on Monday.

Heavy rainfall in the Nookat region of Osh Oblast on Friday triggered mudflows, damaging two bridges, electric poles, and flooding 15 courtyards of private houses. A state of emergency has been declared in the area.

Meanwhile, in one recreation area, a flow of mud carried away a group of people relaxing on the river bank. At the moment, the number of dead has increased to nine. Among the dead are two women, the rest are teenagers and children.

Reportedly, four of the dead are citizens of Kazakhstan who came to visit.

In addition, on Sunday evening in the Kara-Kulja region of Osh Oblast, a mudflow carried away a passenger car in which there was a family of five people. Only a 7-year-old girl was able to escape.

Search and recovery work is still underway in the region.

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