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 Muhammad Ilyas recalls a happy life with his family and relatives in the neighborhood of Kals Noor Galla, Bagh District. He along with other community members owned apple orchards and grew maize in summer and wheat in winter each year. The community in Kals Noor Galla expressed that they felt safe as they had not experienced disasters since the earthquake in 2005. They shared they had rebuilt their houses following guidelines to ensure that the construction was earthquake resistant but were unaware of how to cope with the unexpected landslide that swept away their homes and lands.

On the night of September 5, boulders, silt, and mud entered from the rear side of the settlement smashing houses in their path.

A total of twenty-five houses, including Ilyas’, were completely destroyed while other houses were partially damaged. Ilyas shared, “We not only lost our houses and household belongings but have also lost agricultural land and crops of maize and apple trees.” The water supply scheme has also been severally damaged which has made access to clean drinking water a challenge for the community.

Ilyas and the affected community now reside with relatives at a nearby village.

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Flood forecast-Sindh

Scattered thundershowers with gusty winds and isolated heavy falls are expected to occur over Sindh in the next 24 hours. Sindh is expecting to receive the volume of flood water flowing from Punjab in the next two to three days. Additionally, rainfall will exacerbate the challenges that vulnerable communities face. According to officials from the Indus River System Authority (ISRA), a surge in water levels through Punjab is likely to cause flooding in Sindh as 800,000 to 1,000,000 cusecs of water is expected to reach Sukkur Barrage on September 15 and 500,000 to 600,000 cusecs is expected to reach Kotri Barrage on September 20-21.

Current conditions-Damages and Destruction

In areas along River Chenab and River Jhelum, thousands have been rendered homeless. The River Chenab is flooded at Trimmu Headworks with inflow of 509,000 cusecs as reported by local radio. The water level at Trimmu has remained steady for some time but is expected to rise. As per the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) updates shared on September 9, 231 people have been killed and 401 people have been injured. A total of 7,798 households have been either completely or partially damaged due to the rain and flood related incidents in Punjab, Azad Kashmir, and Gilgit-Baltistan. The NDMA has provided 4,475 tents, 1,500 plastic mats, and 4,000 blankets to affected families. Rescue efforts by the NDMA assisted 31,370 trapped people from different parts of Punjab. At least 30,000 flood affected people were rescued in Jhang District according to the Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA).  Recent updates from the NDMA state that floods have affected 600,000 people and as floodwaters move downriver, there are fears of more inundations

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The floods in Pakistan have affected 1,121,987 people as recorded by the National Disaster Management Authority’s (NDMA) latest update. According to UNOCHA, the authorities expect an estimated 3 million people to be affected by floods in the coming days. Approximately 257 people have been reported dead and 461 injured.

Most families affected since last week lack access to adequate food, shelter, and drinking water. These factors increase the risk of waterborne diseases and other health concerns.

While food, emergency shelters, immediate healthcare, WASH, and NFIs are priority needs in the affected areas, access to clean water and adequate healthcare is essential to avoid mortality caused by water-borne diseases. Affected community members worry about their lives without homes and no land to rebuild. They worry about diminishing food supplies, lost livestock and crops, and the coming challenging winter months ahead. There is no doubt that a lack of resources will affect the timeliness of the emergency response. Therefore, it is essential that the affected communities receive immediate relief to prevent an exacerbation of issues in the affected areas.

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Sindh on alert:

In view of the prevalent conditions in the upper parts of Pakistan, the Provincial Disaster Management Authority’s (PDMA) alert issued for the province of Sindh focused on gearing up in flood fighting protocols and mechanisms. The PDMA also broadcasted SMS alert in Sindh for the districts of Khairpur, Sukkur, Kasmore, Larkana, Sikarpur, Jacobabad, Kambar, and Ghotki. The messages have reached around 265,000 mobile phone subscribers in high-risk districts.

Irrigation experts said that between 45,000 and 55,000 cusecs of water are expected to pass through Guddu Barrage on September 17. Between 70,000 and 75,000 cusecs of floodwater were earlier expected to pass through Sindh but a large volume of the torrent has been dispersed. However, families living in the low-lying continue to remain at risk.

Anticipating the torrent, the Sindh government has issued a flood warning and asked residents of katcha (riverine) areas to move to safer places. According to Sindh Information Minister Sharjeel Memon, all the deputy commissioners (DCs) have issued evacuation notices to residents of katcha areas. Katcha residents, however, said they are not ready to leave since no relief camps have been set up for them by the Sindh government and no transport has been provided for them. In the absence of any arrangements, they said they would rather stay where they are.

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According to the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), the death toll from floods is 317 people. Over 2,274,690 people have been affected in the country. In Punjab alone there are now 2.23 million people affected, 34,052 houses damaged, and 2,909 villages affected. In Azad Jammu & Kashmir, 64 people have died and 46,496 people are affected by floods.

The Pakistan army, civil administration, and humanitarian agencies are carrying out relief and rescue operations through 360 relief camps set up in different areas. The news sources also reported that army helicopters are dropping food packs and moving stranded people to safe places by boats and helicopters.

According to reports from upper Sindh, most of the protective bunds which had developed breaches during the 2010 floods have been repaired, but as noted by the Sindh chief minister during his visits to the bunds last week, the work has not been satisfactory. Online media also reports that in Ghotki, the Qadirpur loop bund, Shaink bund, and other bunds are reportedly in good enough condition to withstand a medium-level flood. On the other hand, if the Machko bund in Ubauro, situated in the limits of Rahim Yar Khan District is breached, the water will flood lands in Sindh.

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The death toll from floods in Pakistan now stands at 323 people according to the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA). Over 2,274,690 people have been affected throughout the country.  The floods continue to wreak havoc in Punjab Province where settlements around Chenab have been severely affected. Latest news reports that the death toll from Punjab is 246. Children aged between 7 and 10 years, drowned in Kaiyan Wala in Chiniot adding to the number of causalities.

In southern parts of Punjab including Bahawalpur, Khanewal, Multan, Muzaffargarh, Rajanpur, and Rahim Yar Khan, water started to recede and residents have been reported to return back to their hometowns.

In Azad Jammu & Kashmir, 64 people have died and 46,496 people are affected by floods. The valley has witnessed disastrous floods with landslides in many districts.  With water from rivers gushing on to streets in Kashmir, much of the infrastructure including roads and buildings have been destroyed. Families state huge losses of farm lands and livestock. Affected communities live in tent settlements and remain vulnerable to health hazards.

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Recent figures from the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) indicate 346 deaths with over 1.7 million people affected. News sources share that the floods in Pakistan have affected 2.35 million acres of land. In Punjab, 617,774 people evacuated and in Sindh, 48,592 people evacuated from Sukkur and Larkana. The loss to public sector infrastructure is estimated to be over 10 billion rupees (USD 102,040,818 as per initial estimates. Punjab, commonly known as the bread basket of Pakistan, has witnessed severe damage to crops including rice, maize, sugar-cane, and cereal. Crops and livestock worth billions of rupees have also been destroyed. For poor families whose livelihood and food supply depend on seasonal crops, the loss is devastating and threatens food security, nutrition, economic stability, and access to other basic needs such as education and healthcare. Likewise, it highlights the possibility of food shortages and lower export trade for the economy. In Pakistan, millions of people either rent or sharecrop land from landowners. The increasing frequency of disasters makes it more difficult for farming families to escape poverty and the cycle of debt. Land on rent or the provisions of agricultural inputs from landowners are stilled owed even in the case of disaster, which exacerbates the challenges poor families already face.

The NDMA has also initiated work on the assessment of losses in flood-affected areas in collaboration with the United Nations. Assessment will be conducted in Mandi Bahauddin, Hafizabad, Chiniot, Jhang, and Multan to identify damages to infrastructure and rehabilitation of affected people.

According to the Inter Services Public Relations, 29 relief collection points have been set up by the army in major cities, including three in Rawalpindi and Islamabad. Additionally, consignments of five trucks containing 40 tons of relief goods were dispatched to flood-affected people on Sunday.

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As the flood emergency deepens in Pakistan, the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) says 358 people have died and over 1.7 million people are affected in the country. In Punjab, 281 people have lost their lives, in Azad Jammu & Kashmir 64 people died, and 13 passed away in Gilgit-Baltistan.

Many women and children are in dire need of help. Many of them continue to remain without food, shelter, and are in need of health assistance. Saira from Azad Kashmir shares that she along with other community members continue to live with minimum support. She also shared concerns about families who worry about coping with winter in the coming months. “With nothing to warm them, life is going to get very tough especially for women and children in these tents.”

Saira says that some community members received tents from a local organization and food was supplied by philanthropists. As she emphasized about food supplies soon running out and that tents alone were not sufficient, she also stressed upon the absence of bathing facilities and latrines. Saira mentioned this added to the vulnerabilities women were already facing without proper shelter.

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A one-day workshop on Action in the Front Line (AFL) organized by CWS-P/A was held in Masamoot Village, Alishang District, Laghman. Twelve AFL committee members participated in this workshop to comprehend the concept of disaster risk reduction. With assistance from the facilitators, participants developed a disaster profile of their villages with a hazard map in order to identify public places such as schools, clinics, mosques, roads, graveyards, hand-pumps, streams and rivers, etc. Areas highly vulnerable to natural disasters were also identified since this village is prone to floods, earthquakes, and extreme weather conditions.