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Pakistan endures floods for 3rd year

Sept. 29, 2012 at 2:57 PM   |   Comments

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Sept. 29 (UPI) -- At least 422 people have died in the third straight year of disastrous monsoon flooding in Pakistan, officials said Saturday.

Ahmed Kamal of the National Disaster Management Authority said 4.7 million people have been affected by the floods that began Aug. 22, with about 3,000 injured and 350,000 forced out of their homes, CNN reported.

Kamal said 470 people were killed last year and 1,985 in 2010.

The flooding in 2010 hit especially hard because it was in the Punjab, one of Pakistan's major agricultural areas.

Roughly one-fifth of Pakistan was flooded in 2010.

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