Heavy rains kill 73 in Pakistan as floods spread

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By Mehreen Zahra-Malik and Abu Arqam Naqash ISLAMABAD/MUZAFFARABAD Pakistan (Reuters) - At least 73 people have been killed across Pakistan after heavy rains brought flash floods and caused homes to collapse in the Punjab and Kashmir regions, government officials said Friday. Most deaths occurred in the city of Lahore, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's powerbase, further damaging the government's standing after weeks of protests aimed at forcing the premier to step down. At least 43 people have been killed in Punjab province and 30 in the Himalayan region of Kashmir in recent days, officials said. "Most of the 43 dead in Punjab died because the roofs of their homes collapsed," said Nisar Saani, a director at the Punjab Disaster Management Authority.