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Torrential rains kill 10 in Pakistan

india Updated: Sep 09, 2006 15:25 IST

At least 10 people have died due to flooding caused by torrential rains in Pakistan's southern Sindh province, officials said on Saturday.

Turbulent floodwaters swept away a railway bridge about 80 kms northwest of the port city of Karachi.

Army troops and helicopters had to be summoned to evacuate people to schools and other relief centers, said Mohammed Hussein, a district coordination officer in the nearby city of Hyderabad.

He said most of the victims had drowned or been electrocuted while trying to escape from their inundated homes.

Within an 18-hour period on Friday monsoons dumped up to 20 cms of water on the Sindh province, prompting the district administration to proclaim a state of emergency.

Meteorologists have predicted that the worst of the monsoon season, responsible for causing torrid rains in the region, will dissipate by Sunday.

Heavy rains have hit many parts of Pakistan in recent weeks, claiming scores of lives.

On Sunday four people died due to massive flooding in Lahore, an eastern city of Pakistan.