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At Least 35 Die in Pakistan Bridge Collapse

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The death toll from a bridge collapse in northwestern Pakistan caused by flash floods has risen to at least 35.

Officials in North West Frontier Province say the bridge in the town of Mardan gave way Saturday as more than 100 people crowded on it. The district mayor says many are missing and are feared trapped under the debris. Authorities have called on the Pakistani army to help with the search for survivors.

Dozens of people have died in Pakistan over the past two weeks because of landslides and flash floods caused by torrential rains. The United Nations refugee agency said Friday that thousands of survivors of last year's earthquake have had to seek new refuge in camps because of the rains.

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