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On August 8, the civilian authorities shared that they expect another outflow of displaced families from NWA, following an extension of the operations taking place. The estimated numbers are 25,000 individuals, of whom many are expected to be family members of existing displaced families. A registration desk with all concerned stakeholders (Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) Disaster Management Authority – FDMA, National Database and Registration Authority – NADRA, etc) is in place at Saidgai checkpoint, where people are expected to exit.

Earlier on August 7, the Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) verbally reported 1,000,428 people (95,109 families) registered as displaced from North Waziristan Agency (NWA); 286,624 women  (29 percent) and 456,049 children (46 percent).

On August 6, FDMA reported that NADRA reviewed registration data of 93,239 families, of which 53,186 families (57 percent) were verified and 40,053 families (42.9 percent) rejected. Government estimates verified families will be approximately 600,000 people.  UNHCR reported an undetermined number of displaced people from five NWA tehsils (Dosali, Ghariwarm, Razmak, Shawa, and Spinwarm) spontaneously returned.  Ministry of States and Frontier Regions – SAFRON has confirmed this but has not indicated any numbers. It is possible these returnees are registered and collect their relief assistance in Bannu.

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Heavy rains accompanied by windstorm wreaked havoc in the capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Friday, leaving 18 people dead. Approximately, 42 mm of precipitation was recorded in the city. The rainfall lasted for only one hour and 30 minutes – from 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm, but has been the cause of significant damage.

More than 80 people sustained injuries in separate incidents caused by collapsing of roofs and walls of houses in various areas of the city.

Rescue activities are underway, while those injured were rushed to Lady Reading Hospital. The rescue sources said that many wounded people remain in critical condition.

This heavy downpour uprooted trees and electricity polls additionally causing disruption in the power supply to many areas of the city for several hours.

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In 2012 CWS-P/A initiated a project in Thatta District, Sindh Province to increase livelihood opportunities for marginalized women.  The project focuses on empowering women with vocational skills, basic literacy, health information, and knowledge on disaster risk reduction. Women have also participated in product development trainings to modernize and increase the marketability of traditionally known skills and products which was led by an urban designer. Furthermore, the project is working to establish market linkages to help bring the women’s products to urban markets and increase their household earnings.

Women from Jaffar Mallah Village travelled to Karachi for the first time in July to visit shopping centers and malls for their initial exposure to urban markets. This provided the women with a basic understanding of market demands and contemporary trends in embroidery work. The production supervisors and sales and marketing agent from the first vocational center visited Karachi earlier in February. They reported a better understanding of how the market works. Additionally, the visit resulted in product orders for 1,000 hand-embroidery buttons and fabric yardage. The women from Jaffar Mallah received a small order which includes a few yards of the finished product. They hope that that a larger follow-up order will result based on the sample production from the small order.

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In Afghanistan, CWS-P/A’s health work supports families in four districts across the province of Laghman.  Through six health facilities and in July, 1,619 men and women received health services. The facilities recorded 63 new pregnant mothers with the project’s antenatal care program, while 31 pregnant mothers received their fourth antenatal care visit.  The project’s midwives also recorded 50 deliveries and 158 mothers continue to attend postnatal care visits.  Approximately 82 children received necessary vaccination and 265 children under age five have been screened regarding their nutritional status.

More importantly, 334 community members attended health education sessions and 68 spouses of expecting women attended awareness sessions on sexual reproductive health.

As the project continues, many women like Said Bibi discovered health access that previously remained unknown to them. They have overcome challenges that previously prevented them from having children. “I was anemic and given medication by the midwife at the clinic.” Said Bibi resides in Dawlatshah District and often helped her husband in laborious chores. She shared that in her initial pregnancies she lost three babies.

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“Traditionally they say and it is believed to be offensive if a woman works outside her home and earns money to support her family,” said Zahida. Zahida is currently a teacher in Mesha Khail Girls High School located in Qarghai District, Laghman Province, Afghanistan. She had completed high school and had always dreamt of becoming a teacher. “I had already discussed this with my family many times so as to convince them to allow me to pursue my career as a teacher.” Zahida added, “After graduation, I applied for the position of a teacher in Mesha Khail Girls High School and by the completion of the formal process was hired.”

Zahida was soon left with no choice other than to leave her career when she was married two months after joining the school. Khan Agha, Zahida’s husband, had previously accepted that she would continue her teaching career after their marriage. However, Khan Agha shared that he did not want his family and relatives to think that he was letting his wife work outside their home so as to use the income she brought back.

On the day Zahida submitted her resignation she said she cried and shared her feelings with teachers and students at the school. “I had lost my happiness and felt my life was ruined.”

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Sindh Information and Local Bodies Minister Sharjeel Memon on Monday said that the Sindh government declared Kohistan and Tharparkar as drought-hit areas and free wheat would be provided to the affected families in these areas.

Talking to media at his office along with Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) Director General Syed Salman Shah, Memon said that the decision was taken during a special meeting of Sindh cabinet at Bilawal House on Sunday. The meeting also approved the establishment of Kohistan Development Authority, similar to Thar Development Authority.

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At least 31 people died in rain-related incidents across Punjab since Wednesday night, police and rescue sources said.

Fifteen deaths were reported from Lahore and a total of seven from the districts of Sialkot and Gujranwala.

Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif announced 500,000 rupees (USD 4,850) in aid for the deceased persons and 100,000 rupees (USD 970) in aid for those who were injured in monsoon rains.

The current spell is being generated by the first well-marked low pressure of the monsoon season that is moving toward Pakistan via Indian Rajasthan, moist current from the Bay of Bengal, and a trough of westerly wave persisting over northern parts of the country.

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On September 5, the death toll from thirty hours of uninterrupted rainfall rose to 74. More specifically, the rains have claimed 40 lives in Punjab, 30 in Kashmir, and 4 in Haripur District, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province. The torrential rain causing a very high flood in River Chenab, and Lahore received a record 432mm of rain in three days. The Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) reported that Palandri in Azad Jammu & Kashmir was the worst-hit town which received 313mm of rain in 24 hours.

According to an update from the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), ‘very high to exceptionally high flood level’ is expected in Rivers Ravi, Chenab, Jhelum, and Sutlej along with their associated nullahs during the next 48 hours. For tonight, the same is expected at Marala with a high probability of floods especially in downstream areas.

Low-lying areas in Lahore have already been submerged in water, and electricity and transport systems remain badly affected. Several houses and roofs have collapsed, the leading cause of deaths. Approximately, 459 houses have been destroyed or damaged across the country. Reports also indicate extensive loss of crops and habitats in Punjab Province. In Muzaffarabad, two roads connecting the city to the rest of the country have been blocked due to landslides. While in Hajira, a small town located in Azad Kashmir, as many as 500 residents remain trapped because of landslides and flash floods.

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Background:

On September 5, the death toll from thirty hours of uninterrupted rainfall rose to 74. More specifically, the rains have claimed 40 lives in Punjab, 30 in Kashmir, and 4 in Haripur District, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province. The torrential rain causing a very high flood in River Chenab, and Lahore received a record 432mm of rain in three days. The Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) reported that Palandri in Azad Jammu & Kashmir was the worst-hit town which received 313mm of rain in 24 hours.

According to an update from the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), ‘very high to exceptionally high flood level’ is expected in Rivers Ravi, Chenab, Jhelum, and Sutlej along with their associated nullahs during the next 48 hours. For tonight, the same is expected at Marala with a high probability of floods especially in downstream areas.

Low-lying areas in Lahore have already been submerged in water, and electricity and transport systems remain badly affected. Several houses and roofs have collapsed, the leading cause of deaths. Approximately, 459 houses have been destroyed or damaged across the country. Reports also indicate extensive loss of crops and habitats in Punjab Province. In Muzaffarabad, two roads connecting the city to the rest of the country have been blocked due to landslides. While in Hajira, a small town located in Azad Kashmir, as many as 500 residents remain trapped because of landslides and flash floods.

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Recent reports state that 160 people have died and several others injured as monsoon rains continue to wreak havoc across Punjab and Azad Jammu & Kashmir over the last three days. Most of the deaths were caused by collapsing roofs and electrocution in the rain and flood affected areas.

The Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) earlier reported that continuous rains may result in river flooding which could inundate vast swatches of land in Punjab. Officials shared that due to flash floods in the Kashmir region, River Jhelum and River Neelum are near to overflowing at some places. Official reports also confirmed that high flood level is being witnessed in River Chenab at the Marala Headworks.

The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) has accelerated rescue and relief operations. In Qadirabad, a city in Punjab, 0.6 million cusecs of water has entered the lands. Similarly, in Zafarwal, another city in Punjab, drains have burst and rain water has made its way to small villages and residential areas. Young people and members of the army are continuing to provide assistance to those who are trapped across several villages. The local police engage in assisting affected people and are arranging cars to transport people to safety.