Sep 12, 2014 5:40 AM

Pakistani troops expand rescue in flood-hit areas

The Associated Press

ISLAMABAD (AP) Pakistan's military says it has expanded the rescue and relief operation as flood waters hit more districts in the country's Punjab province.

Meanwhile, officials in India-controlled Kashmir raised concerns of the spread of diseases with flood water receding there.

The Pakistani army says the floods, which started on Sept. 3 in both sections of divided Kashmir, have hit three more districts Jhang, Multan, Bahwalpur and Rahim Yar Khan and that troops have air-dropped food rations there.

Disaster management spokeswoman Reema Zuberi says three more people died in Punjab, bringing Pakistan's death toll from the floods to 264, while 200 people have died in India.

Indian officials say military and private doctors have set up camps to treat victims in their Kashmir as waterborne diseases began to rise.


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