Pakistan rushes to protect cities from floods

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MULTAN, Pakistan: Pakistani troops on Thursday rushed to protect two major cities from raging floodwaters, using explosives to divert swollen rivers in a crisis which has hit more than a million people and inundated swathes of farmland. The floods and landslides from days of heavy monsoon rains have now claimed more than 450 lives in Pakistan and India, with hospitals struggling to cope with the disaster. Between 300,000 and 400,000 people remain stranded in Kashmir.

AFP

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