Pakistan: Floods and Heavy Snowfalls - Jan 2017
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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Description of the disaster
Continuous heavy rains and snowfalls broke the record of many years in Baluchistan province, and caused widespread flooding across 3 districts of Baluchistan from 17 to 22 January 2017. Government declared the emergency in 3 most affected districts and called for assistance for 60,000 families that were affected by onset of disaster situation in Baluchistan. Government also requested PRCS to support affected population.
Description of the disaster
Continuous heavy rains and snowfalls broken the record of many years in Balochistan province, and caused widespread flooding across 3 districts of Balochistan from 17th to 22nd January 2017. Government declared the emergency in 3 most affected districts and call for assistance for 60,000 families that were affected by onset of disaster situation in Balochistan. Government has also requested PRCS to support affected population.
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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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