Pakistan – Flash Floods and Heavy Rain Leave 20 Dead in Sindh and Punjab Provinces

Disaster authorities in Pakistan report that 20 people have died as a result of recent flooding and heavy rain in Sindh and Punjab provinces.

In their situation report of 01 September, Pakistan’s National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) said that floods in Karachi, Sindh Province, from 30 August, have left 15 people dead, 4 injured and 16 houses damaged. At least 11 deaths have been attributed to electrocution after rising flood waters came into contact with live cables.

Teams from NDMA, Army and Navy were called in to help with rescue, relief and clean up efforts. NDMA have distributed tents and pumping equipment.

In Jhang district, Punjab Province, 5 victims died on 30 August when a house collapsed after a period of heavy rain. Four other people were injured. As many as 16 other houses also suffered damage.

Rainfall

In a 24 hour period between 31 August to 01 September Karachi recorded 83 mm of rain, according to NDMA reports. Other significant rainfall figures include: Jhelum (Punjab) 62 mm, Khanpur (Punjab) 46 mm and Sahiwal (Punjab) 43 mm.

NDMA said that all rivers were flowing at normal levels, including in Karachi.  NDMA described the recent flooding in Karachi  as “urban flooding” and was the result of heavy rain overpowering city drainage systems.

Monsoon Death Toll Rises

NDMA says that as many as 157 people have died and 166 injured in flooding since 26 June, 2017, considered to be the start of this year’s monsoon in Pakistan.

Featured image: Street floods in Punjab, Pakistan. For illustration purposes only.

Flood Summary

Last updated: September 11, 2017
Event
Sindh and Punjab Provinces, Pakistan, August to September 2017
Date
August 30 to September 2, 2017
Type
Urban flood
Cause
Extreme rainfall

Locations

A - Karachi
B - Jhang

Magnitude

Rainfall level
83 mm in 24 hours
Karachi - August 31 to September 1, 2017
Rainfall level
62 mm in 24 hours
Jhelum (Punjab) - August 31 to September 1, 2017
Rainfall level
46 mm in 24 hours
Khanpur (Punjab) - August 31 to September 1, 2017
Rainfall level
43 mm in 24 hours
Sahiwal (Punjab) - August 31 to September 1, 2017

Damages

Fatalities
15 people
Karachi - August 31 to September 2, 2017
Fatalities
5 people
Jhang district, Punjab Province - August 30 to September 2, 2017