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Death toll rises in Pakistan floods

Officials issue warning of more downpour after monsoon rain and floods kill at least 58 across the country.

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Authorities say it will take more than two days to clear up after water flooded buildings and blocked roads [AFP]

Monsoon rain and floods have killed at least 58 people across Pakistan and affected tens of thousands of others, officials have said, warning of more rain to come.

"At least 58 people have died, more than 30 others were injured and 66,000 were affected by rain and flooding in Pakistan since July 31," Brigadier Mirza Kamran Zia, operations chief of the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), said on Monday.

Twelve people were missing, 2,249 houses were destroyed and 66,341 people have been displaced according to figures released by NDMA.

Zia said floods were receding and people were returning to their homes, but he warned that more rain than usual was expected this month and next.

'More rain'

NDMA chief Major General Muhammad Saeed Aleem said the recurring flooding was the result of global climate change.

"Unexpected rains are global climatic change phenomena, but we can prepare and plan ahead to mitigate the disaster," Aleem said.

"We are worried about central Pakistan this year, where more rain and flooding from hill torrents is expected," Aleem said.

Flash floods following monsoon rain paralysed parts of the largest city Karachi at the weekend.

Authorities in the city of 18 million people, said it would take more than two days to clear up after the flooded markets, buildings and blocked roads.

Hundreds of cars were half-submerged after poor sewerage and drainage systems became blocked due to garbage.

In the northwestern province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, homes were swept away.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif sent three of his cabinet ministers to inspect damage in flood-hit areas.

Pakistan has suffered devastating monsoon floods for the last three years, including the worst in its history in 2010 when catastrophic inundations killed almost 1,800 people and affected 21 million.

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