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Floods in Pakistan from monsoon rains kill 139

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August 21, 2013 09:09 AM EST | AP


ISLAMABAD — Pakistan's government says flooding caused by torrential rains has killed 139 people and affected nearly a million others.

A statement Wednesday on the monsoon season released by the National Disaster Management Authority said 47 of the dead are from Punjab province.

Sindh province was the next hardest hit with 34 people killed.

Monsoon season generally starts in the late summer in Pakistan and is marked by heavy rains that often lead to widespread flooding of rivers and streams.

In 2010, catastrophic floods during monsoon season put one-fifth of the country under water and killed 1,985 people.