ISLAMABAD (Kyodo) The first group of 50 Ground Self-Defense Force members arrived Sunday in Multan, Pakistan, to help people devastated by the recent major flooding.

The first team, primarily from the 4th Division of the Western Army based in Kasuga, Fukuoka Prefecture, will prepare for the arrival of a helicopter unit later this week.

Punjab, where Multan is located, is in central Pakistan and is the most populous province. Around 8.2 million people there have been affected and around 500,000 homes damaged.

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