Pakistan’s National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) report that heavy rain and floods have left at least 121 people dead, 127 injured and 857 buildings damaged since 09 March 2016. Many of the victims died when their houses collapsed in floods or landslides.
During a 24 hour period between 12 and 13 March, 56 mm of rain was recorded in Dir, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, and 54 mm in Muree, Punjab. Muree was hit by further heavy a few days later, with 51 mm falling in 24 hours between 16 and 17 March. Kakul, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa recorded 57 mm of rain during the same period.
The rain has been falling steadily since 11 March in many of the affected areas, and accumulated totals have already exceeded amounts normally expected for the whole of March in over 60 locations, according to Pakistan’s Meteorological Department (PMD).
PMD say that Rawalakot in Poonch, Kashmir, has recorded 349.5 mm of rain between 12 March and 19 March 2016. Malam Jabba in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa saw 298 mm of rain between 11 March to 19 March. Dir in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa has recorded 261 mm of rain so far this month.
Deaths and Damage in 6 Provinces
Damage and deaths have been reported in several provinces. The administrative division of Azad Jammu and Kashmir suffered some of the worst damage to buildings. NDMA report that 602 houses have been damaged there. Poorly-built homes, particularly in rural areas, are susceptible to collapse during heavy spring rains.
The deaths occurred in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (38, including 7 in Orakzai), Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (36), Balochistan (19) Punjab (14), Azad Jammu and Kashmir (13) and Gilgit-Baltistan (1).
Warnings of Further Heavy Rain
Pakistan’s Meteorological Department (PMD) issued a warning yesterday for further heavy rain for later this week as a result of a “fresh westerly weather system”.
In a statement, PMD said:
Scattered rain-thundershowers are expected in Balochistan on Thursday and Friday.
Widespread rain-thundershower (with isolated heavy falls) is expected in Federally Administered Tribal AreasFederally Administered Tribal Areas, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and Azad Jammu and Kashmir from Thursday 24 March to Saturday 26 March.
PMD added “During rains, there will be high risk of land sliding in the vulnerable areas of Malakand, Hazara divisions and Kashmir on Friday and Saturday”.