27 Dead in Northern India and Pakistan After Week of Torrential Rain and Floods

Several states in northern India have seen heavy rainfall over the last few days, causing rivers to overflow and buildings to collapse. Reports say that at least 19 people have died in the last 3 days.

Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand have all been badly affected. The Times of India say that 10 people have died as a result of the flooding and heavy rain in Rajasthan. The European Commission Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department say that six people have died in flood-related incidents in Uttar Pradesh, two in Jammu and Kashmir, one in Uttarakhand


Parts of Pakistan, in particular the Punjab, including Rawalpindi and Islamabad, have also been affected by heavy rain over the last 48 hours.

Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) currently report that the River Kabul at Nowshera, the Indus at Chashma and the River Chenab at Qadirabad are at “medium flood level”.

Last week, local media in Pakistan reported that flash floods caused by heavy monsoon rains killed at least 8 people in different areas of Rawalpindi on Tuesday 07 July 2015.

Eastern India

Meanwhile parts of Odisha in eastern India are also seeing heavy rain and rising river levels.

Odisha Deputy Special Relief Commissioner (DSRC) Pravat Ranjan Mohapatra told media over the weekend that 14 villages in the districts of Sundergarh and Jharsuguda in Odisha were flooded on Saturday 11 July 2015.

Rainfall and Warnings

WMO figures for 24 hour period:

Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh – 82 mm between 11 to 12 July
Dehradun, Uttarakhand – 121 mm, between 10 to 11 July.
Patiala, Punjab, 117 mm between 12 and 13 July.

India’s National Disaster Management Agency (NDMA) have warned that wide areas of northern, eastern and western India could see further heavy rain over the coming days, until at least 17 July 2015. In today’s warning they said:

“Heavy to very heavy rainfall would occur at  isolated places over  Coastal Karnataka. Heavy rainfall would occur at isolated places over Uttarakhand, Sub­Himalayan West Bengal & Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam & Meghalaya, South Interior Karnataka and Kerala”.