Heavy rains in Pakistan resulted in floods in many areas in the country. Around 10.000 families are in need of help in flood stricken states of Punjab, Gilgit and Gilgit Baltistan’s Muzaffargarh, Layya, Rajan Pur, Rahim Yar Khan and Ghotki areas.
Through its partner organization IHH delivers emergency food aid to the victims, who lost all their livelihood, to help them survive after this catastrophe. The families who have the chance to cook received food hampers containing sugar, rice, lentil, tea, flour and oil while those who do not, receive hot meals daily.
LAHORE: The Indus is likely to be in high or very high flood at Guddu from Saturday onwards and the situation will continue for about a week, according to the Flood Forecasting Division (FFD).
It said on Friday that the Indus would have a flow ranging between 650,000 and 750,000 cusecs (denoting high to very high flood) at Sukkur from Sunday to Tuesday and the situation would persist for about seven days.
This was likely to be the highest flow (peak) to be recorded at the two points during the current monsoon season, the FFD said.
As of July 31, the death toll from the recent floods has risen to 86 with 60 persons injured. Over 2 200 houses have been damaged, more than 800 villages and more than 800 000 people (according to NDMA & PDMAs calculations) are affected so far, mainly in KP & Punjab provinces where disease outbreaks are also reported.
Another high flood discharge peak is currently being experienced at Taunsa Barrage on River Indus. The same is now heading towards Guddu and Sukkur Barrages, already experiencing high flood levels.
NDMA in collaboration with Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA) and all Cellular Mobile Operators (CMOs) has launched initiative to facilitate Early Warning System that would utilize GSM Cellular technology for dissemination of early warnings by ensuring institutionalization of a message alert system for the community awareness, public service messaging and early warnings in the disaster hit/prone areas for swift communication and timely preemptive measures in case of any any disaster like situation.
1. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (Chitral)
a. NDMA transported 15 Tons of Ration, one ton of mineral water bottles, hundred thousand aqua tab (Water Purification Tablets) through two C130 aircrafts of PAF.
b. 80 stranded persons / tourists were also evacuated by NDMA with the help of PAF.
c. Bridge on Dir Chitral Road N45, kept open with the assistance of NHA from the first day.
d. MD, Utility Stores Corporation was assisted in his move to Chitral on specific direction of Prime Minister and also for further coordination with Army authorities.
Christian Aid has made an initial £50,000 available to help victims of the monsoon floods that have swept through Pakistan, destroying homes and in some cases inundating entire villages.
In the fourth consecutive year of heavy flooding to hit the country, thousands of acres of crops ready for harvest have been destroyed, and fruit orchards damaged.
Communications are disrupted, and roads and bridges, along with electricity and fresh water supply schemes, have been washed away.
BAHAWALPUR: Six hundred army personnel were dispatched to various places across the division to carry out the rescue activities in case of flood.
According to the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), over 600 army personnel were dispatched to various places facing flood threat in the coming days.
These places included in Rahim Yar Khan district’s Ahmedpur Lamma, Bhong, Tarinda Muhammad Panah, Chachran Sharif Bangla Dilkusha and Samoka. The army men have got over 30 boats, life jackets and rescue equipment.
Widespread destruction and large numbers of injured
Malteser International is preparing initial flood relief measures for the population of the district of Chitral, in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, who have been strongly affected by heavy rain and flooding. Malteser International will support the health authorities of the district, which neighbours Afghanistan, by providing medication, hygiene and baby kits, mosquito nets, water purification tablets, information material and personnel.
By Kamila Hyat
ISLAMABAD, 30 July 2015 (IRIN) - As Pakistan faces its fourth consecutive year of heavy flooding, relief workers are urging the government to do more to ensure inevitable future inundations do less harm.
The government says at least 86 people have died and more than 500,000 people been affected as rivers swelled with monsoon rains and glacial melt, and floodwaters engulfed various parts of the country over the past week.
The Pakistan Red Crescent Society Gilgit-Baltistan provincial branch has provided relief items to 26 victimized families of recent flood in village Oshikhandas of Gilgit district.
The reliefs goods were included tarpaulin sheets,blankets, kitchen sets, oil stoves, water cans,latrine slabs and hygiene kits.
PRCS Provincial Secretary Noor-ul-Ain along with PRCS team distributed the relief items to the effectees in presence of tehsil administration authorities.
CHITRAL: Flash flood hit three more villages on Wednesday, rendering hundreds of people homeless in Mori Bala, Werkup and Shagrom areas of Terich valley.
In Mori Bala village in Koh union council, nine houses were swept away early in the morning after the villagers had fled to a safe place. No casualties were reported.
Floodwater inundated more than 100 houses in the village, said Abdul Ghaffar, the chairman of a local NGO.
SUKKUR: Praising the army for coming to the rescue of people affected by flooding in the kutcha areas and helping the provincial government facing the flood threat, Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah on Wednesday severely criticised the federal government and its institutions for failing to fulfil their responsibilities over the past few years.
PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Health Department has asked for immediate assistance from the UN agencies and donor organisations to provide timely treatment to the flood-stricken people in Chitral.
According to the health officials, the government has announced Rs14.26 million for the healthcare of the flood-affected population, but the health department was yet to receive the amount due to which the people risked outbreak of diseases in Chitral.
HYDERABAD: Most districts across the interior of Sindh faced massive flooding in their towns, besides populated rural areas and farmlands on Wednesday as the provincial government, water and power utilities and the relevant rescue and relief agencies failed to cope with the situation arising out of torrential rains.
Thousands of people had to move to safe places after their localities remained flooded due to collapse of the drainage system. Flooding also led to the suspension of supplies to towns and villages while nearly all main fruit and vegetable markets stayed closed.
KARACHI: The water level of the Hub dam is gradually increasing after the recent rain and was at 289 feet on Wednesday. Engineers at the Karachi Water and Sewerage Board (KWSB) are optimistic that this year’s monsoon may bring enough rains to raise it to over 300 feet after which Karachi could be supplied water from there.
HYDERABAD: First peak of floodwater is passing through Indus at Guddu barrage for over 24 hours while another peak is expected on Aug 8 when the barrage is likely to receive a flow of 650,000 to 660,000 cusecs of water that indicates high flood.
Some irrigation experts do not rule out a peak of 700,000 or a little over it in view of the changing weather system. The Sindh irrigation authorities are said to have prepared themselves to deal with a flow of super flood of up to 800,000 cusecs.
GILGIT: Continuous rains triggering flashfloods and landslides have damaged 42 hydel power stations across the Gilgit-Baltistan region, disconnecting power supply to 90 per cent of the area, and damaging road infrastructure.
Reports pouring in here on Tuesday said two more drowned in the Indus River on Monday taking the death toll from floods and rains to five in the region.