ISLAMABAD (AP) — Heavy monsoon rains are lashing Pakistan and disrupting lives in areas where residents already were struggling to recover from floods last summer that affected 33 million people and killed 1,739. Pakistani media report that weather-related incidents killed at least three people in the past day and at least 18 people have died since the rain started last week. The monsoon season officially started this week and will continue until September in the South Asian country. Pakistan’s cultural capital, Lahore, received a record 272 millimeters (10.7 inches) of rain in nine hours on Wednesday, flooding streets and the city’s canal.
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