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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Floods kill 136 in Pakistan (AP)

KARACHI, Pakistan – A Pakistani relief official says monsoon rains have killed 136 people in the south of the country and flooded hundreds of thousand of rice, cotton and sugarcane crops.

Sajjad Hayder Shah said Monday 90 of the victims had been killed over the last week, many when their houses collapsed.

Last year, southern Pakistan was hardest hit by massive floods that swamped much of the country, killing 2,000 people.

Shah says Pakistani soldiers were helping distribute food and other emergency supplies to hardest hit areas.

The rains began in early August 12 and have affected some 170,000 acres of agricultural land.

Monsoon season in Pakistan usually lasts untill the middle of September, after which winter begins.

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