Around 50 Dead in Pakistan Floods (Updated)

Update 6th August 2013:

According to UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), as of 5th August 2013, the areas of Pakistan worst affected by floods are:

  • Balochistan five districts were affected (worst hit were Jhal Magsi and Loralai)
  • Punjab, southern Dera Ghazi Khan and Rajanpur were badly affected
  • Sindh, Saadi Town and Safoora Ghoth (Karachi) were affected by major flooding
  • Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the district worst hit was Chiral
  • As of 5 August, rescue and relief activities were still underway

Further heavy rainfall is expected, especially in southern parts of Pakistan, over the next few days.

Some reports have the number of fatalities as high as 100 or more, although some reports have been combining figures from both Pakistant and Afghanistan floods. Figures from the European Commission – Humanitarian Aid & Civil Protection section state there have been around 60 fatalities as a result of recent flooding in Pakistan.

Flood Information Centre

A Flood Information Centre has been set up at News and Current Affairs Channel of Radio Pakistan Islamabad to provide information regarding the latest flood situation and relief and rescue efforts in affected areas.

In case of emergency or any information‚ the following Pakistan telephone numbers can be contacted for information.

051-9205770 and 051-9209541

Original Report 5th August 2013:
Pakistan has suffered further flooding over the weekend. Floods have caused chaos across several regions of the country including Karachi and other areas of Sindh province, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and Punjab.

Reports claim at least 50 people have died and many more displaced by the floods. At least 14 people were killed in flooding in Karachi after houses collapsed. Some of the deaths were as a result of electrocution. Roads have been blocked by flood water and parts of the city remain without electricity for almost 2 days. The Pakistan military was called in to help rescue and relief operations. Some of the rescue and clean up operations included the use of boats, the flood water was so deep in places.

Floods Karachi
Boats used for rescue in Karachi floods
Photo Courtesy of Jamat ‘ud’ Da’wah @JuD_Official

Elsewhere in Pakistan, over 70 villages in the Pasrur and Zafarwal Tehsil of district Sialkot in Punjab, have been inundated with flood waters believed to be between 1 metre and 1.5 metres high. Farmland and transport links have also been badly affected in this area.

Monsoon season often sees flooding in Pakistan and surrounding region. In neighbouring Afghanistan, central and eastern areas are suffering from flash floods that have killed as many as 70 people.

A few days ago I wrote about floods that had hit northen areas after monsoon rains. At that time the main flooding had been restricted to the provinces of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and Azad Jammu and Kashmir in Pakistan. Last month I reported that Central and western Punjab has suffered flooding on 20th July 2013.

Forecasters believe heavy rainfall and flooding will continue. We can only hope that there will not be a repeat of the 2010 floods in Pakistan where as many as 2,000 died and at one point as much as 20% of Pakistan’s landmass was underwater.

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Sources: Zee News; BBC