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Pakistan floods now worse than 2005 earthquake, say officials

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But it's not just Pakistan that's suffering; floods have killed more than 130 and left 400 missing in Indian-controlled Kashmir, reaching even to the Himalayan region of Ladakh, according to the Associated Press.

At least a dozen have been killed in southern Afghanistan as well, Reuters notes.

The floods have added stress to Pakistan's ongoing internal security and political woes, as President Asif Ali Zardari came under fire for pushing forward with a scheduled visit to Europe this week and hard-line Islamist groups have stepped in to offer aid and volunteers.

Jamaat-ud-Dawa, which is banned by the United Nations for its links to the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba – believed to be behind the November 2008 attacks in Mumbai (Bombay) that killed more than 160 – has thousands of volunteers and is operating nine medical camps for the disaster.

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