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Torrential rains kill 24 in Pakistan

india Updated: Jul 14, 2006 18:37 IST
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Monsoon rains have claimed at least two dozen lives, mostly in Pakistan's central Punjab province, as the meteorological office on Friday forecast more showers in the coming days.

Two days of torrential rains have inundated many low-lying areas in northern parts of Punjab, causing extensive damage to mud houses and severely disrupting traffic.

Four members of a family, including children, were killed and another four injured on Thursday when their house collapsed in Rawalpindi.

Local authorities said water also entered shanty houses in Rawalpindi after rains caused a sewerage stream to overflow.

A mother and her five children also died in the Pind Dadan Khan district when the roof of their house caved in.

Other fatalities were reported in other rain-hit areas of Punjab and the North-Western Frontier Province.

More rains were expected in the country's northern areas during the next two days, including Pakistan-administered Kashmir, where thousands of people are still living in makeshift tents and houses after an October 8 earthquake killed an estimated 75,000 people and left about 3.5 million people homeless.