Updated: Pakistan – Deaths Reported After Heavy Rains and Floods in 4 Provinces

Update, 04 July 2017

More deaths have been reported in Pakistan after heavy rain between 26 and 30 June 2017.

Pakistan’s National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) said that 11 people died in flash floods in Tehsil Hub, District Lasbela, Balochistan Province on 29 June 2017.

The deadly flooding in Lasbela means that at least 38 people have died and 57 injured as a result of monsoon rainfall in Pakistan between 26 June and 02 July, according to NDMA. At least 60 houses have been severely damaged.

NDMA confirmed flood and rain related deaths in Punjab (11), Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (2), Sindh (6), Balochistan (14) and Azad Jammu and Kashmir (5).

It is hoped that the situation may ease over the next few days. Pakistan Meteorological Department says that no significant rainfall reported in last 24 hours. As of 03 July, 2017, all rivers were below danger levels.


Original report, 30 June, 2017

The first of the year’s monsoon rains in Pakistan have caused damage and fatalities in several provinces, including Sindh, Punjab, Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.  Parts of Afghanistan’s Khost province have also been badly affected.

Pakistan

European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO) reports that 7 people have died and dozens were injured in the district of Jhang, Punjab province. Flooding and rain damage was also reported in areas around the city of Rawalpindi, Punjab province.

One death was reported in Dera Bugti district of Balochistan province, where Chagai, Kalat, Bolan and Kholu districts have also been affected.

At least 4 deaths have also been reported in the city of Karachi, Sindh province. Severe urban flooding has affected the city since Wednesday 28 June. Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) reported earlier today that parts of the city recorded 62 mm of rain in the last 24 hours.

In the far north if the country, over 1,000 people have evacuated their homes after flooding in Chitral district in Khyber Pakhtunkhawa province.

ECHO have published a detailed map of affected areas here (pdf).

Rivers

According to the Flood Forecasting Division of Pakistan Meteorological Department, the Kabul river is in low flood at Nowshera (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province) while all other rivers of the country are in the state of normal flow.  Flood Forecasting Division added:

“Medium to high flood is expected in the nullahs of river Rvi and Chenab along with hill torrents in D.G. Khan division during the current spell of monsoon.

“Moderate flooding is also likely in the nullahs of eastern Balochistan.”

Prime Minister Urges Precautionary Measures

Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has directed National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) and all provincial governments to take immediate precautionary measures in view of ongoing monsoon spell.

The Prime Minister said that adequate emergency preparatory measures should be ensured throughout the country to contain any potential damage.

He also directed to keep the residents of vulnerable areas informed regarding emergency procedures and ensure timely evacuations, wherever needed.

Rainfall Figures

According to a PMD report of 30 June, the following rainfall total were recorded in a 24 hour period between 29 and 30 June:

Sindh Province

  • Diplo 70 mm
  • North Karachi 62 mm
  • Saddar (Karachi) 59 mm
  • Badin 52 mm

Punjab Province

  • Murree 58

Other rainfall figures from PMD for 24 hour period

  • Islamabad – 54 mm (25-26 June)
  • Jhang – 108 mm (27-28 June)
  • Lahore – 54 mm (28-29 June 2017)

Afghanistan

Heavy rain and flooding has also affected parts of Afghanistan’s Khost province, which is about 280 km west of Rawalpindi, Pakistan.

Chinese news agency Xinhua are reporting that hundreds of houses and shops were washed away or badly damaged due to heavy rains and flash floods that hit Sabari district of the eastern late on 28 June 2017. Flooding was also reported in other neighbouring districts. No fatalities have been reported.

Flood Summary

Last updated: July 12, 2017
Event
Pakistan, June and July 2017
Date
June 28 to July 4, 2017
Type
Flash flood, Landslide
Cause
Long-term rainfall

Locations

A - Hub Tehsil
B - Jhang
C - Rawalpindi
D - Karachi
E - Dera Bugti

Magnitude

Rainfall level
70 mm in 24 hours
Diplo, Sindh Province - June 29 to June 30, 2017
Rainfall level
62 mm in 24 hours
North Karachi, Sindh Province - June 29 to June 30, 2017
Rainfall level
59 mm in 24 hours
Saddar (Karachi), Sindh Province - June 29 to June 30, 2017
Rainfall level
52 mm in 24 hours
Badin, Sindh Province - June 29 to June 30, 2017
Rainfall level
58 mm in 24 hours
Murree, Punjab - June 29 to June 30, 2017
Rainfall level
108 mm in 24 hours
Jhang - June 27 to June 28, 2017
Rainfall level
54 mm in 24 hours
Lahore - June 28 to June 29, 2017

Damages

Fatalities
30 people
June 30 to July 5, 2017
NDMA confirmed flood and rain related deaths in Punjab (11), Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (2), Sindh (6), Balochistan (14) and Azad Jammu and Kashmir (5).