Friday, August 12, 2011

Monsoon rains kill 21 in Pakistan

Fri Aug 12, 2011 3:33PM GMT
Heavy rain triggering flash flooding and landslides have killed at least 21 people in the southern Pakistani province of Sindh, officials say.

"At least 21 people died, most of them because of falling roofs during rains on Thursday night," AFP quoted a provincial official as saying.

Sources say flooding has also damaged and uprooted electric poles and plunged many areas into darkness.

Moreover, thousands of acres of cotton and sugar cane fields have been also destroyed due to inundation.

A state of emergency has been declared in the affected areas.

A Press TV correspondent says more lives are at risk from waterborne diseases in flood-hit region.

Last year, more than 1,750 people were killed by the weeks-long floods, which had engulfed an area the size of England.



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