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Pakistan floods kill more than 400

Floods resulting from monsoon rains have killed more than 400 people and affected another 4.5 million across Pakistan.

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Pakistani soldiers rescue villagers in the flood-hit Jacobabad district of Sindh province on Sept. 17, 2012. (Shahid Ali/AFP/Getty Images)

Floods resulting from monsoon rains have killed more than 400 people and affected another 4.5 million across Pakistan.

According to CNN, Ahmed Kamal of the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) said the flooding started on August 22. More than 15,000 villages have been hit by the floods, and many houses have been damaged or destroyed in the past five weeks.

Most of those affected by the latest floods — 2.8 million — are in Sindh province, in Pakistan's south, reported BBC News. Nearly 890,000 have been affected in Punjab province and 700,000 people have been hit in the province of Balochistan. The government, however, has not yet appealed for foreign assistance.

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"The government's point of view is that the situation will be handled from its own resources," said Ahmad Kamal.

UNICEF has started reaching some 183,000 victims with safe drinking water, according to Voice of America. Families have also been given hygiene kits and water buckets to prevent water-borne diseases.

Flooding in Pakistan also affected 9.1 million last year, killing 470, said CNN. August 2010 had massive flooding as well, which left a fifth of the country under water. Those floods lasted for weeks, leaving 1985 people dead and 20 people affected.

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