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Flooding in Pakistan has begun to subside after affecting nearly 3 million people in two weeks, officials said on Wednesday, as raging waters headed towards the Arabian Sea in the south.

wpid-Floods20Trap20Thousands20in20Kashmir20Region.jpg“The quantum and intensity of floods are declining now,” Muhammad Riaz, chief meteorologist at Flood Forecasting Division, told dpa from Lahore.

“It is going to be over in a couple of days,” he added, as floodwaters from the swollen River Indus entered the southern province of Sindh.

Mudslides and flooding have killed 320 people in the central province of Punjab and parts of the Kashmir region divided between Pakistan and India, the National Disaster Management Authority said.

Flooding was triggered by heavy monsoon rains in the Himalayas on September 3.

It affected nearly 3 million people, damaged around 45,000 houses and destroyed roads, bridges and crops, said Reema Zuberi, the authority’s spokeswoman.

Riaz said the level of flooding had been lowered to moderate from very high three days ago.

There was no danger of flooding inundating cities any more, Riaz said.

Disaster authorities on Tuesday said they had sent medical aid to fight outbreaks of diarrhoea, malaria and dengue among the victims in several inundated towns.
GNA

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