Situation Update: Flood updates – Forecast, current conditions, and damages

Situation Update: Flood updates – Forecast, current conditions, and damages

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Background:

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

Officials reported concerns of floods caused by a surge of water flowing from across the border in India. A huge quantity of water has been released into River Jhelum and River Chenab. Owing to this influx, the water level in River Chenab at Head Marala rose from 27,000 cusecs to 900,000 cusecs. In River Jhelum, the flow swelled from 22,000 cusecs to 500,000 cusecs.

CWS-P/A Response:

Currently, CWS-P/A is planning to assist 2,000 families with food for three months, 1,000 with non-food items, 400 shelter kits, and 3,000 families (22,200 individuals) with health assistance in the districts of Bagh, Haveli, and Poonch in Azad Jammu and Kashmir. CWS-P/A’S health teams will begin assisting affected communities through a mobile health unit in Bagh District on Thursday, September 11. Over the coming weekend, 220 flood affected families will be assisted through the provision of emergency food items (one month ration) and non-food items in Bagh District. This distribution is supported through financial assistance from United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR). Additionally, quality and accountability will be enhanced through capacity building initiatives for aid workers and for affected communities in accessing accountable aid services. CWS-P/A continues to monitor the situation in other parts of the country and subjected to the need, will expand its operations to other affected regions.

Sources:

www.dawn.com

www.geo.tv

www.tribune.com.pk

www.dailytimes.com.pk

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