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Heavy monsoon rains kill 40 people in Pakistan

Villagers displaced from their homes by flooding make their way through flood waters on August 21, 2010 in the village of Vasandawali south of Muzaffargarh in Punjab, Pakistan. The country's agricultural heartland has been devastated, with rice, corn and wheat crops destroyed by floods. Officials say as many as 20 million people have been affected during Pakistan's worst flooding in 80 years. The army and aid organizations are struggling to cope with the widespread scale of the disaster that has killed over 1,600 people and displaced millions. The UN has described the disaster as unprecedented, with over a third of the country under water. (Daniel Berehulak, Getty Images)
Villagers displaced from their homes by flooding make their way through flood waters on August 21, 2010 in the village of Vasandawali south of Muzaffargarh in Punjab, Pakistan. The country's agricultural heartland has been devastated, with rice, corn and wheat crops destroyed by floods. Officials say as many as 20 million people have been affected during Pakistan's worst flooding in 80 years. The army and aid organizations are struggling to cope with the widespread scale of the disaster that has killed over 1,600 people and displaced millions. The UN has described the disaster as unprecedented, with over a third of the country under water. (Daniel Berehulak, Getty Images)
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Updated: 9/05 6:18 am

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistani officials say heavy monsoon rains have killed 40 people across the country as the government warned of more flash flooding over the weekend.

Ahmad Kamal, a spokesman for the National Disaster Management Authority, said Friday that 13 people died when roofs collapsed in the eastern city of Lahore the previous day.

The rains triggered landslides that killed six civilians and three soldiers in the Pakistani-administered Kashmir on Thursday.

Heavy rains also lashed the capital, Islamabad, where thousands of opposition supporters have camped outside the parliament for weeks, demanding Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif resign over alleged voting fraud. The protesters used makeshift tents made from plastic sheets to shelter from the rains.

Pakistan regularly suffers from flooding during the monsoon season. In 2010, flash floods killed 1,700 people in Pakistan.

 

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