Continuous heavy rains and record-breaking snow fall have caused widespread flooding across three districts in Balochistan, from 17 to 22 January 2017. The government declared an emergency in the most impacted districts and demanded assistance for roughly 60,000 affected people in the province. On 30 January, the government made an official request to the Pakistan Red Crescent Society, asking for support for 6,000 families. Authorities reported 13 deaths and 650 people injured. (IFRC, 08 Feb 2017)
Two separate incidents -- an avalanche and a landslide -- occurred overnight on 17 February in Chitral district, killing eight people and causing additional injuries. (ECHO, 20 Feb 2017)
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Two incidents of avalanche and landslides happened during the night between 17 and 18 February in district Chitral, killing eight people and injuring others.
In Rech valley, an avalanche killed one person and injured three others. In a landslide in Lowari tunnel, 14 people of a SAMBU company got trapped. The army, Chitral Scouts and others rescued seven, while seven others lost their lives.
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Description of Disaster
Continuous heavy rains and snow fall has broken the record of many years caused widespread flooding across 3 districts of Balochistan from 17th to 22nd January 2017, Government declared the emergency in 3 most affected districts and demanded assistance for 60,000 people of affected in Balochistan. The Government also made and official request to PRCS for support of 6,000 families on 30 th January 2017.
Thousands of families in Afghanistan and Pakistan are struggling to survive after heavy snow blanketed large parts of the country, causing avalanches and damaging or destroying many homes.
According to media reports, nearly 120 people have been killed in Afghanistan, where 22 provinces have been hit hard. In the north eastern province of Nooristan, bordering Pakistan, at least 45 people in one village perished under an avalanche. Many people were reported to have been trapped and froze to death in their homes or their cars.
• Severe weather, including heavy rain and snowfalls, has been affecting the central and northeastern provinces of Afghanistan and the northern provinces of Pakistan, causing casualties and damages.
• As of 6 February, national authorities reported at least 85 people dead, of which 70 in Afghanistan and 15 in Pakistan, over 245 houses destroyed in Afghanistan and at least 72 houses damaged throughout the affected areas. Traffic disruptions have also been reported.
- Past Meteorological Situation and Future Forecast by PMD.
a. Weather Last 24 Hours. Rain-thunderstorm (with snowfall over the hills) occurred at a number places in KP, FATA, Punjab and Kashmir, while at scattered places in Balochistan and Gilgit-Baltistan.
b. Rainfall Last 24 Hours (mm). Following stations recorded rainfall:-
Last Updated: February 06, 2017 2:39 AM
ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN — Officials in Afghanistan say an avalanche caused by heavy snowfall struck a remote village Sunday in the eastern province of Nuristan, killing at least 53 people, and raising the nationwide death toll in the past three days to nearly 107 in such incidents.
Another avalanche hit a village around the same time in the adjoining northern Chitral region of neighboring Pakistan, killing at least 16 people, local officials confirmed.
In northern Afghanistan, over the past two days as many as 19 people were killed by avalanches.
KABUL, Feb 5 (Reuters) - Dozens of people in Afghanistan and Pakistan were killed after heavy snow and avalanches hit over the weekend.
In eastern Afghanistan, at least 50 people died and dozens more were missing on Sunday after an avalanche buried a village in Nuristan, provincial governor Hafiz Abdul Qayum said.
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- Severe weather, including heavy rain and snowfalls, has been affecting the central-eastern and south-eastern areas of the country over the past few days, causing floods and damages.
- Local media, as of 27 January at 7.00 UTC, reported at least seven deaths, of which four in Quetta district, two in Dera Allahyar district, one in Mastung city (Balochistan province). They also reported 3 people injured and several houses damaged in the province of Balochistan.
QUETTA: At least six people, including four members of a family, have been killed in Quetta and Dera Allahyar as roofs and walls of houses collapsed due to heavy snowfall and rain lashing parts of Balochistan for a couple of days.
Four members of a family were killed in the Nasirabad area of Nawan Killi, a locality on the outskirts of Quetta, where a house collapsed due to continuous rain.
The family was sleeping when roof and walls of their double-storey mud house caved in, causing injuries to seven people, police said.
LAHORE: The severe cold wave in most parts of the country is expected to intensify over the next few days. Vast swathes of Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Gilgit-Baltistan and Azad Kashmir may brace for potential flash floods in the tributaries of the Kabul River, avalanches and mudslides due to heavy snowfall and widespread rain and sleet.
The causative westerly winds, the weather system behind winter rain and snowfall, are expected to build up over the next two days, according to the Met Office.
QUETTA: Emergency has been declared on Sunday, January 15, 2017 in Balochistan as heavy snowfall continues for second day in different parts.
LAHORE/CHITRAL/QUETTA/KARACHI: Six people lost their lives and two others suffered injuries as a cold wave caused by moderate rain and snowfall gripped different parts of the country on Saturday.
The weather system responsible for rain in Karachi over the past two days centred on Balochistan on Saturday, leaving many areas of the province blanketed with snow.
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The second consecutive day of rain in Karachi brought with it problems for city dwellers, as water flooded roads and power was disrupted in large parts of the city.
Four more people, including an eight-year-old child, died in rain-related incidents in the metropolis on Saturday, bringing death toll to eight, since Friday afternoon when moderate to heavy and intermittent rain lashed the provincial capital.