Situation Update: “River Floods Claim More Lives in Pakistan”

Situation Update: “River Floods Claim More Lives in Pakistan”

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Background:

On Saturday, June 15, 2013, three women and a child died as the vehicle they were traveling in was swept away by a flood wave. The driver, a woman, and one child were rescued from the water. The incident happened in Bara, where due to a lack of bridges in the area, the vehicle was driven across a stream where half way across the flood wave swept the vehicle away. On Friday, at least four people died and dozens were injured in rain-related incidents across Charsadda, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

 

In Gilgit-Baltistan, water levels continued to rise causing flooding in some low-lying areas. On Friday, flash floods swept away 12 houses and partially damaged 48 more. According to media, the displaced families are taking refuge in tents.

Although the flood level in Kabul River in Warsak and Nowshera decreased slightly from 156,700 cusecs to 155,100 cusecs, floodwater entered 250 houses across the villages of Jala Bela, Bela Mohmandan, Garhi Islamabad, and Tapu Korona. The Indus River near Khaiabad experienced an increase from 212,000 cusecs to 291,800 cusecs between Friday and Saturday.

On Friday, an emergency planning meeting was held in Peshawar. The deputy commissioner informed media that all relevant departments were on standby and that 15 schools in the district were vacated to accommodate displaced families. He further added that boats, tents, food, and non-food items had been dispatched to Jala Bela and Mian Gujjar, two areas on the outskirts of the district. As of Friday, at least 400 families were affected by the floods in various villages in Peshawar District.

Across affected areas in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa damages to bridges, roadways, communication links, and power supplies are creating difficulties for residents. Acres of standing crops and agricultural lands have also been damaged by floodwater. As of Thursday, at least 700,000 people had been displaced, but this number continues to rise. Additionally, in many river communities, people including schoolchildren were stranded on one side of the river as bridges were swept away; the only way to reach their homes was a long journey on foot.

Scattered rain and thundershowers are predicted in Gilgit-Baltistan, Azad Jammu Kashmir, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab, and Southeastern Sindh for at least the next 24 hours. The ongoing rains are adding to the seasonal snow melting which contribute to the flood levels of rivers in Northern Pakistan. Additional damages to property and displacement of families living in riverbank areas are expected to continue in various parts of Northern Pakistan.

CWS-P/A Response:

Currently CWS-P/A is closely monitoring the situation.