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Monsoon rains kill 25 in Pakistan
Shahid Malik
BBC News, Lahore

People wade through a flooded street in Lahore
More monsoon rains are predicted in Punjab province
At least 25 people have died in two days of heavy rainfall in Pakistan's Punjab province, officials say.

The province's central and northern regions are worst affected by the monsoon rains and forecasters say more downpours are expected.

In Jhelum district, eight people died in two separate incidents of roof collapse caused by the rains.

In Rawalpindi, close to the federal capital Islamabad, four members of a family died when a wall caved in.

Thirteen people died in various other incidents throughout rain-hit areas of the province, including two who were electrocuted in a building due to the damp conditions.

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Officials say river and canal embankments are being monitored

Lahore's Meteorological Office has forecast more rains for the upper areas of all the major rivers flowing into Punjab.

A senior official responsible for crisis management and relief in the province, Brig Ghazanfar Ali, told the BBC that river and canal embankments were intact and that the situation was being closely monitored.

Punjab Chief Minister Pervaiz Elahi Chaudhry has visited some of the affected areas and ordered compensation for the victims' families.


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