The situation in the provinces of Kyber Paktunkhwa, Punjab and Balcohistan has worsened as 400,000 to 500,000 cusecs of water discharged from the overflowing Tarbela reservoir have destroyed houses, bridge, livestock and subsistence. A total of 521 deaths have been reported and around 185,000 families affected. In Kyber Paktunkwa 40 roads and 111 bridges have been damaged which have made the cities of Peshawar, Swat, Shangla and Kohistan inaccessible.
The heavy rains and flash floods have caused such widespread devastation in Nowshera, Charsada and Swat where communication systems and infrastructure have been severely damaged in these districts.
National and local government and military continue to provide relief goods transportation by helicopter and truck services. The communities in general, have been very cooperative with the government efforts. They have likewise appealed for immediate assistance for food and non-food items.
- CWS-P/A has immediately mobilized food packages and shelter material (plastic sheets) for 250 flood affected families of Sibi in Balochistan and another 250 families in D.I. Khan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. CWS-P/A has also instantly mobilized 1 mobile health unit to provide emergency health assistance in Mansehra. Currently making arrangements for a maximum of 2 more mobile health units to cover areas such as Kohistan, Swat and Balakot.
CWS-P/A, under PRDA, has also initiate the process for providing shelter material (plastic sheets) to the flood affected families of Allai, District Battagram, Kyber Pakhtunkhwa province. Field team currently in Allai is also coordinating closely with district line agencies to assess the need for food interventions.
Allan A. Calma
Disaster Management Program