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At least 23 people died in Karachi ─ mostly from electrocution ─ as monsoon rains lashed the city on Thursday, officials said. Two others died in Sindh's Jamshoro and Kashmore districts.

According to the Met Department, the spell of rains which began Wednesday evening is expected to continue for three days in various parts of Sindh.

Residents of Karachi can call the Karachi Municipal Corporation's (KMC) rain emergency centres at 0332-2685090, 0335-7553976 and 1339 in case of emergency.

Various parts of the city — including North Nazimabad, North Karachi, Orangi, Malir, Drigh Road, NIPA, Northern Bypass and Gujjar Nala — were submerged because of the heavy rains, while some underpasses have turned into virtual swimming pools, DawnNews reported.

Fears also arose over the day of possible flooding in Saadi Town and Super Highway where water had gathered after a crack appeared in Thado Dam near Malir, according to a Rangers spokesman. He said Rangers officials had reached both areas to help out citizens facing difficulties.

District Council Chairman Salman Murad, however, later rubbished the reports of a crack in the dam as "incorrect rumours". Murad, who visited the site after the news surfaced, said there is still room for more water to accumulate in the dam.

Administrative officials, while speaking to DawnNews, said work was underway to divert the rainwater away from Saadi Town.

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