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A policeman stands beside a damaged passenger mini bus after an overnight accident in Sehwan. AFP
At least 20 people were killed, including 11 children, when a minibus crashed into a deep and water-logged ditch in southern Pakistan, police said Friday.
Pakistan has a staggeringly high rate of road deaths, blamed on decrepit highways and reckless driving.
Late Thursday in Sindh province, the bus "fell into a water-filled ditch on a road swept away by floods this summer", local police official Khadim Hussain told AFP.
"The driver could not see the diversion sign on the road and so the van plunged into a 25-foot (eight-metre) deep ditch" near the town of Sehwan Sharif.
Hussain said the children killed were between two and eight years old, likely sitting on their parents' laps when they were fatally injured.
A further 14 people were injured in the accident.
Pakistan was lashed by record monsoon rains this year that put a third of the country underwater, displaced eight million people and battered its already crumbling infrastructure.
Credible research has linked the catastrophic flooding to climate change.
According to World Health Organization estimates, more than 27,000 people were killed on Pakistan's roads in 2018.
Officer Abdul Wakil says the accident happened Sunday in the Chilas distract, on the bus' route from Skardu to the city of Rawalpindi.
Pakistani police say a landslide in the country's north has buried a minibus with 15 passengers onboard.
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The accident happened apparently due to excess speed at Quetta - Zhob highway in district Killa Saifullah 200 km (120 miles) from Quetta in Balochistan province.
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It said the targets of the raid were suspected of an attempted attack on a restaurant in the Israeli settlement of Vered Yeriho on Jan. 28. The Palestinian health ministry said three people had been wounded, one critically but it gave no details on any dead.
Under Pakistan's controversial blasphemy laws, anyone found guilty of insulting Islam or its figures can be sentenced to death, although the country has yet to carry out capital punishment for blasphemy.
Senior officials who asked not to be named said his body would be repatriated on Monday, with a burial expected later in the day.