Flash Update: #2 - Pakistan Rains, 4 July, 2016

Overview

Following unseasonably heavy pre-monsoon rains, Pakistan continues to be adversely affected by severe weather events. According to the Provincial Disaster Management Agency of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, heavy rains hit Ursoon village in south-west Chitral district on the evening of 2 July. The resulting flash flood washed away a mosque, an army check post, and numerous houses resulting in the death of 29 people. Of these 29, two were women and seven were children. Forty six houses were either fully or partially damaged, and 13 people remain missing. Electrical, irrigation, and water supply infrastructure were heavily damaged.

Since 9 March 2016, 293 people have been killed, and 331 injured across Pakistan due to heavy rains and severe weather events.

Response

Search and rescue operations are underway in the Ursoon area. The road network was damaged, but is open to light vehicle traffic only. The Government has announced forthcoming compensation payments. Food and NFI items are currently being distributed. An emergency has been declared at the tehsil hospital in Drosh.

The international community has not received a request for assistance, but is in close contact with relevant authorities.

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