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Monsoons in Pakistan Kill at Least 26

August 25, 1996|Associated Press

LAHORE, Pakistan — Flood waters roared through Pakistan's central province of Punjab, where officials Saturday said at least 26 people were killed in two days.

Thousands of Pakistanis were rescued from rooftops by soldiers who were called in after 19 inches of monsoon rains flooded Lahore over a 24-hour period.

Local newspapers said at least 30 people died and 100 were injured Friday in Lahore, the provincial capital, mostly by collapsing houses.

The floods wreaked havoc on the eastern city's poorest, most of whom live in flimsy corrugated tin, brick and dried mud homes.

Telephone service and electricity to most of Lahore's 8 million people had been cut.

The weather service said the monsoon rains that have battered much of Pakistan for several weeks are likely to continue another two weeks.

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