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Pakistan’s largest city paralyzed by monsoon rains

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A weather emergency was declared in Karachi on Monday as stronger-than-usual monsoon rains continue to batter Pakistan’s largest city, flooding homes and making roads impassable.

The monsoons, which typically last from June to September, are essential for irrigating crops and filling lakes and dams across the Indian subcontinent, but they also bring a wave of destruction each year.

According to environmental NGO Germwatch, Pakistan ranks eighth on a list of countries most vulnerable to extreme weather conditions caused by climate change.

The Sindh provincial government announced a bank holiday for Monday in Karachi and Hyderabad to stave off flood chaos, but low-lying areas – already soaked from weeks of torrential rain – were soon the scene of devastation.

“More rains are forecast in Karachi until tomorrow,” warned Met Bureau director Sardar Sarfraz.

The National Disaster Management Authority said at least 312 people have died since June as a result of the monsoon rains.

In Karachi on Monday, at least two people were killed by power lines falling into flooded streets – a regular killer in the city during monsoons.

The heavy downpour also disrupted flight and train operations in the 15-million metropolis.

The worst floods in recent memory came in 2010 – covering nearly a fifth of the country’s landmass – killing nearly 2,000 people and displacing 20 million.

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