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Monsoon rains wreek havoc in Pakistani port city, killing 20

KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — Heavy rains hit Pakistan’s financial capital Karachi for a fifth straight night, bringing more flooding and killing at least 20 more people, officials said Friday, as rescuers evacuated people from flooded neighborhoods

About 30 inches (76 centimeters) of rain have fallen on the city since Sunday, when monsoon rains began lashing the city, forcing authorities to use boats to evacuate people trapped in flooded streets.

Downed power lines caused widespread electrical outages, adding misery to the lives of many of the city's 15 million residents. Some workers stayed at their offices and others spent the night in open areas because there was no transportation to get home in many parts of the city.

Hundreds of vehicles were dragged along city streets by powerful flood waters.

At least eight people were killed when a wall fell on them in a residential area. They included children, who were playing at the time. Other casualties were also reported in various parts of Karachi in the past 24 hours, bringing the death toll from rain-related incidents to more than 40 in recent weeks.

About 120 people have died in various parts of Pakistan since June in rain-related incidents and many residents were angry with authorities for not helping them.

Monsoon rains are lashing Pakistan at a time when authorities are trying to contain the spread of the coronovirus, which has caused more than 6,283 deaths since February when the country reported its first case. Pakistan reported nine more deaths Friday from COVID-19, the illness caused by the virus.

Every year, many cities in Pakistan struggle to cope with the annual monsoon deluge, drawing criticism about poor planning. The monsoon season runs from July through September.

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