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Relentless rains lash Sindh, 26 dead

Heavy monsoon rains in Sindh on Monday killed at least 26 people with Karachi bearing the brunt of the weather, according to the Sindh Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA).

State media reported that 14 people lost their lives in Karachi, nine in Thatta, two in Khairpur, and one in Sukkur.

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The provincial government of Sindh imposed an emergency in Sindh’s capital, Karachi, as several neighbourhoods of the port city were submerged in water. Many areas saw waist-high water that left people and vehicles stranded.

Along with the water, power outages also plagued the residents of the city, with some lasting more than 36 hours.

Meanwhile, Karachi Administrator Murtaza Wahab said that teams were operating to drain out the water in multiple areas of the city.

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Wahad stated that Pakistan People’s Party Chairman Bilawal Bhutto and Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah had issued instructions to provincial ministers to engage in supervision of drainage work themselves.

The PDMA has said the city received rainfall ranging from 53.9mm to 231.75mm.

Sindh CM Murad Ali Shah stated on Monday that the upcoming full moon was causing a high tide that was slowing down drainage into the sea. He warned that rains were likely to continue and would increase by Wednesday.

On the other hand, in Balochistan, provincial authorities imposed Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure on swimming and picnic activities near dams, rivers and other water bodies for one month.

The PDMA stated that 62 people had lost their lives due to monsoon rains in Balochistan, including 15 men, 23 women and 24 children. More than 600 houses have been destroyed by the floods.

State media has reported that rain, wind, and thunder storms were expected to continue in the federal capital, upper and central Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, east of Balochistan, lower Sindh and Kashmir in the next 12 hours.

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