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At least 21 people have died over the past 48 hours in the first spell of Monsoon rains to hit the country this year.

The Pakistan Meteorological Department said more rain ─ accompanied by thundershowers and gusty winds ─ is expected in various areas on Friday, including Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Lahore, Hazara divisions, lower Sindh (Hyderabad, Karachi, Mirpurkhas, Tharparkar and Shaheed Benazirabad divisions), Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan.

The Met Department added, however, that mainly hot and humid weather is expected in most parts of the country over the next 24 hours as the rain causing moderate monsoon currents penetrating the country were likely to weaken during this time period.

The shallow westerly wave affecting upper parts of the country is also likely to move eastwards during this time, gradually culminating in the current spell of windstorms and rains which had been very heavy at places.

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