Pakistan: Floods and Landslides - Mar 2016

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Past disaster
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FL-2016-000021-PAK

Disaster description

During the pre-monsoon season, heavy rain affected several areas of the country, especially the northern areas, over a period of several days. National authorities reported at least 62 people dead, 97 injured and 171 houses damaged in the provinces of Punjab, Balochistan, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, FATA and in the administrative division of Azad Jammu and Kashmir, as of 18 March. (ECHO, 18 Mar 2016)

As of 13 April 2016, at least 262 people have been killed, and 223 injured, with 56% of the fatalities occurring in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP). The rains have caused flooding, and landslides and have damaged almost 2,700 houses. Gilgit Baltistan experienced food shortages due to landslides on the Karakoram Highway. Most interior district roads remain open and passable, and damage to telecommunication infrastructure was minimal. ((OCHA, 13 Apr 2016)[https://reliefweb.int/node/1480586])

Despite the rains, the government returned 16,000 families to the Federally Administered Tribal Areas in April. While more than 300,000 families were registered as internally displaced last year, almost half have returned to their places of origin. Pakistan plans to complete return of the remaining IDPs by the end of 2016. The government will then focus return efforts on the almost 40,000 Pakistani families displaced to Khost and Paktika Provinces in Afghanistan. (US Department of State - Humanitarian Information Unit, 25 May 2016)

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