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At least 24 killed, 18 hurt after heavy monsoon rains in Pakistan

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Monsoon rains flood Pakistan's financial capital, forcing residents to abandon homes – Aug 27, 2020

Relentless monsoon rains lashed Pakistan’s most populous province overnight and on Thursday, killing 24 people and injuring 18, emergency services said.

Most of the deaths were caused by collapsing roofs and walls, according to the emergency services spokesman Muhammad Asghar.

Read more: Heavy monsoon rains kill at least 58 people across Pakistan

Many homes in rural Pakistan are made of sun-baked mud and straw or flimsy cinder bloc construction, he said. Three men died when a landslide damaged a coalmine.

In the provincial capital of Lahore, the country’s cultural hub with a population of nearly 13 million people, streets were flooded and homes in the poorest areas of the city were inundated with water.

A laborer carries sack of onion while wades through a flooded area after heavy rainfall in Lahore, Pakistan, Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020. Emergency workers say relentless monsoon rains kill some people and injure many in Pakistan’s most populous Punjab province. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary).

Monsoon rains wreak havoc in cities and towns across Pakistan where drainage and sewage systems are antiquated and outdated. Deadly floods occur regularly during the monsoon season in both Pakistan and neighbouring India.

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