Pakistan Floods – Death Toll Rises to 69

According to the latest reports from Pakistan’s National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), 69 people have died in the flooding which has affected the six provinces of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab, Balochistan, Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Gilgit Baltistan and Sindh.

Current assessments suggest that a total of 1,855 houses have been damaged and 294,844 people are currently affected by the floods.

The reported 69 deaths occurred in Balochistan (7), Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (34), Punjab (8), Azad Jammu and Kashmir (15) and Gilgit Baltistan (5). No deaths have been reported in Sindh province.

Districts Affected

The UNOCHA in Pakistan list the districts affected in each province as follows:

Gilgit Baltistan: Astore, Diamer, Ghizer, Ghnache, Gilgit, Hunza and Skardu
Punjab: Layyah, Mianwali, Dera Ghazi Khan, Rahim Yar Khan, Muzaffargahr
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa: Chitral
Azad Jammu and Kashmir: Haveli Kahota, Muzafarabad, Neelum, Rawlakot, Sudnohti, Bhimber, Bagh
Sindh: Ghotki and Kashmore

Rrescue and Relief Supplies

Pakistan Army as well as NDMA and local authorities are distributing tents, mosquito nets, food packs and drinking water to the affected areas.

Pakistan NDMA say that over 25,000 tents or shelters have been distributed, 13,000 of them in Punjab. There are currently 9,000 people staying in relief camps.

Flood rescue by Pakistan Army, July 2015. Photo: Pakistan Army
Flood rescue by Pakistan Army, July 2015. Photo: Pakistan Army
Flood rescue by Pakistan Army, July 2015. Photo: Pakistan Army
Flood rescue by Pakistan Army, July 2015. Photo: Pakistan Army

River Levels

Pakistan’s Meteorological Department Flood Forecasting Division say that the River Indus at Chashma (Punjab), Guddu and Sukkur (Sindh) is in “High Flood Level”, and at “Medium Flood Level” at Kalabagh and Taunsa (Punjab).

The River Kabul at Nowshera (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa) is at Medium Flood Level. Low Flood levels are reported for the River Ravi at Sidhnai (Punjab) and the River Jhelum at Rasul and Mangla. However, the Flood Forecasting Division say that “a sharp peak of high flood is expected in River Jhelum at Mangla.”

Indus River Flood Warning

Pakistan’s Meteorological Department Flood Forecasting Division in Lahore report that the River Indus at Taunsa, Punjab is likely to attain High flood level ranging between 540,000 cusecs to 580,000 cusecs during the period from 1800 local time, 30 July 2015 to 31 July, 2015.

Rainfall

Pakistan’s Meteorological Department say that some heavy rain fell in parts of Punjab and Azad Jammu and Kashmir in the last 24 hours. In Punjab, 199 mm of rain was recorded in Mithi, and 135 mm in Badin. In Azad Jammu and Kashmir, 133 mm of rain fell in Palandri.

Some parts of Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa have seen more than 300 mm of rain since 19 July 2015. The map below is from UNITAR-UNOSAT, and shows an estimated total precipitation accumulation for Pakistan covering the period 19 July to 27 July, 2015. Red areas show 200mm + rainfall, blue areas 300 mm +

See the original map with further data here.

This total estimate was derived from the Global Precipitation Measurement - IMERG dataset (Integrated Multi-satellite Retrievals for GPM) at a spatial resolution of approximately 0.1 degrees. It is possible that precipitation levels may have been underestimated for local areas, and are not a substitute for ground station measurements.  Image credit: UNITAR - UNOSAT.  See the originla image with further data here.
This total estimate was derived from the Global Precipitation Measurement – IMERG dataset (Integrated Multi-satellite Retrievals for GPM) at a spatial resolution of approximately 0.1 degrees. It is possible that precipitation levels may have been underestimated for local areas, and are not a substitute for ground station measurements. Image credit: UNITAR – UNOSAT. See the original image with further data here.