India and Pakistan Floods – Rescue and Relief Operations Continue

Thousands of people are still stranded by floods in northern India and Pakistan as overflowing rivers have left large areas of the region underwater. The death toll continues to grow and stands at over 400 (203 deaths in Pakistan and 200 or more in India). Meanwhile, heavy rainfall in southern parts of India is likely to cause some flooding in several states, including Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.

Rescue and Relief Operations

Rescue and relief operations are continuing in both countries, with military boats and helicopters involved in evacuations.

Indian army carrying out rescue and relief operations in Jammu and Kashmir, September 2014. Photo: ADG-PI Indian Army
Indian army carrying out rescue and relief operations in Jammu and Kashmir, September 2014. Photo: ADG-PI Indian Army

Pakistan

Nearly 300 relief camps have been set up in Pakistan, mostly in Punjab, but also in Azad Kashmir. The province of Gilgit-Baltistan has also been affected by the floods. Rescue operations are also centred on Punjab, where major cities including Lahore, Hafizabad, Wazirabad and Gujranwala have been severely affected by floods.

Over 18,000 people have been rescued by emergency teams made up of military and National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) personnel. Almost half a million people have been affected by the floods so far in Pakistan.

Only some moderate rainfall is expected in Pakistan over the next 24 hours, although river levels are so high, even small amounts of rain could aggravate the flood situation.

Currently the River Ravi at Balloki and also at Shahdara is at flood stage. The. River Chenab at Trimmu at Qadirabad is also at flood level. Authorities are expecting the overflow of the Chenab at Trimmu to flood the districts of Multan, Muzafargarh ,Khanewal, Jhang & Toba Taik Singh in Punjab Province. Pakistan authorities also forecast that the River Indus is likely to overflow in Sindh Province over the coming days.

India

A huge military operation is in place to carry out rescue and relief missions in Jammu and Kashmir. Around 20,000 military personnel have been mobilised in Indian Jammu and Kashmir.

Indian army boat carrying out rescue and relief operations in Jammu and Kashmir, September 2014. Photo: ADG-PI Indian Army
Indian army boat carrying out rescue and relief operations in Jammu and Kashmir, September 2014. Photo: ADG-PI Indian Army

Over 25,000 people have been rescued by the military operations so far. The Indian Army say they are carrying out over 120 sorties per day. However, some reports claim as many as 400,000 people are still stranded across southern Kashmir after the Jhelum River overflowed in Srinagar. The floods have disrupted telecommunications, power and transport networks, making relief efforts more difficult.

Indian army helicopter carrying out rescue and relief operations in Jammu and Kashmir, September 2014. Photo: ADG-PI Indian Army
Indian army helicopter carrying out rescue and relief operations in Jammu and Kashmir, September 2014. Photo: ADG-PI Indian Army

As many as 30 people are still missing after a landslide in Pancheri in Udhampur. 7 bodies have been recovered so far. However, the flood situation is generally thought to be improving in Jammu Division, and Indian rescue teams will be concentrating efforts around Srinagar and the Kashmir Valley over the next 24 hours.

Indian army carrying out rescue and relief operations in Jammu and Kashmir, September 2014. Photo: ADG-PI Indian Army
Indian army carrying out rescue and relief operations in Jammu and Kashmir, September 2014. Photo: ADG-PI Indian Army

Heavy Rain and Flooding in Southern India

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecast heavy rainfall in the states of Goa, Gujarat, Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh over the next few days.

Heavy rainfall in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh has already caused flooding and thousands of people are thought to be stranded across 70 villages after the Godavari river broke its banks.