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Photo: Low-lying neighbourhoods were submerged after 17.7 millimetres (0.7 inches) fell on the city from Saturday.
June 24, 2007

Storms and torrential rain have killed more than 200 people in Pakistan's biggest city, Karachi, a provincial minister said yesterday, and left angry residents without power.
"Now the total number of those killed because of rain is 228," provincial Health Minister Sardar Ahmad said. "These deaths are caused by electrocution, falling trees, house collapses and road accidents."
More bad weather is forecast for Pakistan and neighbouring India, where dozens have died after prolonged downpours across the country in the last few days. Aid workers and military helicopters in India's southern state of Andhra Pradesh were battling yesterday to provide food for 200,000 people displaced by monsoon floods.
Karachi residents hurled stones at passing cars and power company vehicles and burned tyres in protest at the power outage affecting most of the country's commercial hub.
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