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Pakistan resort town hit by floods

2010-08-11 05:41:09 GMT2010-08-11 13:41:09 (Beijing Time)  SINA.com

It was once known as "Switzerland of the East".

But the picturesque Swat valley has joined the list of Pakistani regions devastated by the country's worst floods in 80 years.

Maydan, on the banks of the Swat River, was once a popular tourist town.

It's now witnessing its second wave of tragedy in the past year and a half.

In 2009 Taliban militants displaced almost 2 million people in the valley.

Now, after many had finally returned home, displaced people are seeking refuge once again.

Markets, hotels, orchards, bridges and roads once provided residents with their livelihood.

Many of these structures have been swept away.

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