Storm, rain claim many lives in Pakistan

Over 220 people have been killed in accidents caused by storm and rain in Pakistan's southern city of Karachi, a provincial minister said on Sunday.

Storm, rain claim many lives in Pakistan

Over 220 people have been killed in accidents caused by storm and rain in Pakistan's southern city of Karachi, a provincial minister said on Sunday.



Officials earlier said that 43 people had been killed in the rain that lasted for three hours in the country's biggest city and capital of southern Sindh province on Saturday.

But Sardar Ahmed, the health minister of Sindh, said a private welfare organisation had received bodies of another 185 people killed in rain-related accidents.



"Now the total number of those killed because of rain is 228," he told Reuters.

Officials in Karachi said much of the city of 10 million people had been without power for more than 12 hours after a severe storm on Saturday.



"We are doing our best to restore power supply, but I must say the situation is very bad," Syed Sultan Hasan, a spokesman for Karachi's power utility, said.



Some people were electrocuted as power lines fell, while others were crushed as houses collapsed.

Weather officials predicted more rains for Sunday.

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