Torrential rainstorms kill over 200 in Karachi, Pakistan

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Sunday, June 24, 2007

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View of Karachi along Korangi Road.
Image: Muhammad Ameen.
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Torrential rainstorms with gale force winds brought floods and destruction to Karachi, the capital of Sindh Province in Pakistan.

Over 40 dead were recovered on Saturday and more than 180 on Sunday. Many more are said to have been injured by downed trees and power lines. Widespread power outages are reported as well as some rioting.

"We have declared an emergency at all government hospitals and cancelled the vacations and leave of doctors and paramedics," said the health minister for Sindh Province, Syed Sardar Ahmed, to AFP. "Now the total number of those killed because of rain is 228," he told Reuters.