Pakistani woman brings double joy amid flood misery

Mon Aug 9, 2010 1:48pm EDT
 
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SANAWAN, Pakistan (Reuters Life!) - A Pakistani woman stranded by the country's worst floods in 80 years gave birth to twin boys Monday, bringing joy to soldiers and villagers struggling amidst death and destruction.

The floods have killed 1,600 people and affected more than 13 million.

Army helicopter pilot Captain Abdul Munim Khan thought he was picking up another dead victim of the deluge when he landed in a flooded village and men bearing a body on a rope bed, covered by a sheet, moved toward him through chest-deep water.

"But when they came close, I realized that she was alive. To my pleasant surprise, there were also the twin boys," Khan told Reuters after the rescue.

The young mother, Zahida Perveen, who gave birth in the open, was taken to hospital with her boys.

"I was so happy, I was weeping when I saw they were boys," Perveen said from her hospital bed.

Mother and children were doing fine, hospital officials said.

(Reporting by Adrees Latif; Editing by Robert Birsel and Sanjeev Miglani)

 
<p>Zahida Perveen looks towards her new born twin boys from inside an Army helicopter after being rescued from flood waters in the Muzaffargarh district of Pakistan's Punjab province on August 9, 2010. A Pakistani woman stranded by the country's worst floods in 80 years gave birth to twin boys on Monday, bringing joy to soldiers and villagers struggling amidst death and destruction. REUTERS/Adrees Latif</p>