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.
In affected areas the Pakistan Army issued evacuation warnings. The government earlier 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. No other information on relief activities has been reported.
Furthermore, PMD forecasts widespread thundershowers and heavy rain in Punjab and the north of the country during the next 72 hours. Flood warnings have also been issued for Sialkot, Narowal, Gujrat, Faisalabad, Mandi Bahauddin, and Gujranwala districts. Approximately 100,000 vulnerable people living in low-lying areas of Islamabad and surrounding localities near the Islamabad Highway remain at risk of facing extreme flooding. PMD also reports that continuous rains may result in river flooding which could affect vast swatches of land in Punjab.
CWS-P/A is closely monitoring the situation. Should any need arise, CWS-P/A emergency teams are ready to initiate response activities.