Pakistan: Floods - Apr 2015

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FL-2015-000017-PAK

Disaster description

Unseasonably early rainfall has been affecting parts of Pakistan since late February 2015. On 26 Apr, a severe storm in northwest Pakistan, dubbed a "mini-cyclone", killed 45 people. (DAWN, 28 Apr 2015)

Heavy rainfall starting on 3 Jun resulted in flash floods in Khuzdar District, Baluchistan Province. According to initial reports, residents of the area were not able to evacuate in time. So far, nine deaths have been reported. District authorities are currently undertaking search and rescue operations as well as damage assessment. (ECHO, 5 Jun 2015)

Heavy monsoon rains, the rapid melting of snow and outbursts from glacial lakes from 16 to 22 July 2015 have led to flash floods and the flooding of the Indus River in various locations across Pakistan. Chitral District in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has been badly hit with an estimated 285,000 people affected. Areas in Gilgit Baltistan, Punjab and Sindh are also affected. The Pakistan Army and Government authorities are providing immediate response. OCHA is in contact with provincial and national disaster management authorities, and continues to monitor the situation. (OCHA, 22 Jul 2015)

On 12 August, the IFRC allocated CHF 223,756 from DREF to support 2,880 people for 4 months to meet the immediate needs of flood-affected populations through provision of emergency shelter and essential household item assistance. (IFRC, 12 Aug 2015) The IFRC launched an Emergency Appeal of CHF 1,486,227 on 27 August to support 39,900 people for 6 months with provision of emergency health services, food, water and sanitation services, emergency shelter and essential household assistance. (IFRC, 27 Aug 2015) This appeal was revised down to CHF 550,477 to continue assistance to 38,570 people in the areas of food assistance, distribution of shelter and non-food items, water provision and health care. (IFRC, 18 Dec 2015)

According to the report from Pakistan National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) dated 14 September 2015, 1,572,191 people were affected by the floods in more than 4,111 villages, with 238 reported deaths and 232 persons injured. More than one million people were evacuated with 835 relief camps established. The flooding caused damage to houses, crops and infrastructure, with KP and Punjab amongst the Provinces worst hit. (IFRC, 18 Dec 2015)

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