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UPDATED: 11:23, September 09, 2006
Rain plays havoc in southern Pakistan, killing several
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Torrential rain continued to play havoc in southern Pakistani province Sindh, killing some six people in interior districts of Hyderabad and Mirpur Khas, and causing rail traffic suspension by washing away temporary diversion.

Following a 17-hour-long torrential rain starting Thursday evening, the local administration in Hyderabad, some 155 km northeast of the provincial capital Karachi, declared emergency in the district Friday morning, the Geo Television reported.

The local meteorological office has recorded 200 mm rainfall. Rainwater had inundated many houses and roads in low-lying areas of the district and the troops of Pakistan Army have been called to evacuate the stranded people through boats and shift them to safer places, said the report.

Relief and rescue operation have been started, and concerned departments have been directed to establish relief camps in rain- hit areas, it said.

According to the state-run APP news agency, the temporary diversion provided at the site of Ran Pathani bridge, about 100 km east of Karachi, was once again washed away by rain, causing suspension in railways traffic between Karachi and Hyderabad, and leaving hundreds of passengers bound for upcountry journey stranded at a Karachi station.

Authorities have issued emergency directives for restoration of the diversions where work on the permanent bridge is under construction, said APP.

The July-September period is the rainy season in Pakistan. Rain- caused incidents have claimed hundreds of lives and brought about huge property losses across the country since the end of June.

Source: Xinhua

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