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Pakistan blows up another dike as flooding spreads, threatening another city

  • Members of an Islamic charity group Falah-i-Insaniat Foundation, load relief goods on to a truck going to flood affected areas, in Karachi, Pakistan, Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014. Civil and military officials have been using helicopters and boats to evacuate marooned people since Sept. 3, when floods triggered by monsoon rains hit Pakistan and Kashmir, which is divided between Pakistan and neighboring India. Hundreds of people have died in the flooding. (AP Photo/Fareed Khan)

    Members of an Islamic charity group Falah-i-Insaniat Foundation, load relief goods on to a truck going to flood affected areas, in Karachi, Pakistan, Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014. Civil and military officials have been using helicopters and boats to evacuate marooned people since Sept. 3, when floods triggered by monsoon rains hit Pakistan and Kashmir, which is divided between Pakistan and neighboring India. Hundreds of people have died in the flooding. (AP Photo/Fareed Khan)  (The Associated Press)

  • Children of Kashmiri flood victims play at a relief camp setup inside a Gurdwara or Sikh temple in Srinagar, Indian-controlled Kashmir, Sunday, Sept.14, 2014. About five thousand flood victims have taken refuge here. Military specialists blew up dikes in central Pakistan to divert swollen rivers and save cities from raging floods that have killed hundreds of people, authorities said Saturday, as officials stepped up efforts in India's part of Kashmir to prevent the spread of water-borne diseases there. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)

    Children of Kashmiri flood victims play at a relief camp setup inside a Gurdwara or Sikh temple in Srinagar, Indian-controlled Kashmir, Sunday, Sept.14, 2014. About five thousand flood victims have taken refuge here. Military specialists blew up dikes in central Pakistan to divert swollen rivers and save cities from raging floods that have killed hundreds of people, authorities said Saturday, as officials stepped up efforts in India's part of Kashmir to prevent the spread of water-borne diseases there. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)  (The Associated Press)

  • An Indian volunteer pours tea as flood affected people wait at a relief camp setup inside a Gurdwara or Sikh temple in Srinagar, Indian-controlled Kashmir, Sunday, Sept.14, 2014. About five thousand flood victims have taken refuge here. Military specialists blew up dikes in central Pakistan to divert swollen rivers and save cities from raging floods that have killed hundreds of people, authorities said Saturday, as officials stepped up efforts in India's part of Kashmir to prevent the spread of water-borne diseases there. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)

    An Indian volunteer pours tea as flood affected people wait at a relief camp setup inside a Gurdwara or Sikh temple in Srinagar, Indian-controlled Kashmir, Sunday, Sept.14, 2014. About five thousand flood victims have taken refuge here. Military specialists blew up dikes in central Pakistan to divert swollen rivers and save cities from raging floods that have killed hundreds of people, authorities said Saturday, as officials stepped up efforts in India's part of Kashmir to prevent the spread of water-borne diseases there. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)  (The Associated Press)

Pakistani authorities say they will blow up another protective dike to spare a city from severe flooding.

Spokesman Ahmed Kamal of the country's disaster management agency says experts placed explosives near the dike on Sunday to spare the city of Muzaffargarh from the flooding that has ravaged the eastern Punjab province.

Senior provincial rescue official Ali Imam Syed says three people have drowned near Muzaffargarh. A rescue boat carrying 30 people overturned in the same area, but rescuers were able to save everyone.

Military and civilian rescuers have been using helicopters and boats to evacuate people since Sept. 3, when monsoon rains triggered flooding in the disputed region of Kashmir and Pakistan's Punjab. Nearly 500 people have died in the flooding.