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Last Updated: Friday, 18 August 2006, 15:54 GMT 16:54 UK
Pakistan rains 'kill at least 25'
Passengers travel on the roof of a bus after rains hit Karachi
Many streets in Karachi were submerged by the flooding
At least 25 people have died in storms and heavy rains in the port city of Karachi in Pakistan, officials say.

Most of the victims were electrocuted after strong winds brought down power cables on Thursday night.

There were also reports of people dying in traffic accidents and as a result of collapsing buildings.

Municipal workers are clearing the streets and government offices of debris, while schools and colleges were ordered to remain closed on Friday.

The deaths occurred in separate incidents after rains triggered flooding that submerged many streets, police official Sohail Chatta told the Associated Press news agency.

The dead included a 58-year-old businessman and his 23-year-old son who were killed when an electricity cable struck their car, which had broken down in a flooded street, the official said.

Heavy monsoon rains have hit many parts of Pakistan in recent weeks, leaving scores of people dead.

Earlier this month, at least nine people died in flooding in Karachi.

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