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Heavy rains cause chaos in Karachi, 15 killed

At least 15 people were killed as heavy rains lashed Pakistan's largest city Karachi.

world Updated: Jul 20, 2009 03:14 IST

At least 15 people were killed as heavy rains lashed Pakistan's largest city Karachi.

The monsoon rains that started on Saturday morning badly disrupted normal life in the city and other parts of the Sindh province with people stranded in their offices and on roads due to flooding of main roads and bylanes.

Pakistan's chief meteorologist Qamaruz Zaman said, nearly 15 centimetres of rain fell in Karachi yesterday.

Due to intermittent heavy showers throughout the day, many residential and commercial markets were flooded with water while hundreds of vehicles got stuck on the roads.

The deaths occurred mainly as a result of electrocution and collapsing of walls.

The heavy monsoon rain also added to the woes of the citizens as grid stations tripped in many areas leaving them in darkness and without any power.

Cellular companies also reported problems with their services making it difficult for people to stay in touch with their families and friends.