As monsoon rainfall continues to cause chaos in Karachi and surrounding areas of Pakistan‘s south eastern Sindh Province, flash flooding in northern parts of the country has caused at least 19 fatalities since 26 August 2020.
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province
Flash flooding struck in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province late on 27 August, 2020. According to Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA), 8 people died in flash floods in Upper Kohistan district, where 18 houses were destroyed. Flash flooding also destroyed 21 houses in Swat district, where 6 people died and 8 were injured. Flooding was also reported in Mansehra and Lower Kohistan districts.
Two children died in Shangla district after heavy rainfall caused a landslide which buried a house.
According to Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD), 108mm of rain fell in Malam Jabba and 103 mm in Balakot in 24 hours to 26 August. Further heavy rainfall was reported on 28 August, with Cherat recording 68 mm.
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province borders eastern provinces of Afghanistan where flash floods caused severe damage and dozens of fatalities after heavy rainfall on 25 August.
Meanwhile in Azad Jammu and Kashmir Region (AJK), 3 people died and 19 houses were damaged or destroyed after heavy rainfall in Sudhanoti district, 26 to 27 August.
PMD reported heavy rainfall in Kotli, about 20km south east of Sudhanoti, with 82 mm falling in 24 hours to 27 August and 192 mm the following day.
Pakistan’s National Disaster Management Agency reported flooding in Hunza and Shigar districts of Gilgit Baltistan, causing material damages but no injuries or loss of life.
Floods caused heavy losses& damages to lives,properties in Shahgram& Tirat valleys in Swat.9 persons (women & children) https://t.co/c6NjUDv0Tn including houses,schools,bridges,roads,power generators,orchards worth millions damaged. ANO Ex MPA,Jafar Shah visiting affected areas pic.twitter.com/xtSjLQP03g
— Syed Jafar Shah (@s_jafarshah) August 28, 2020
The district admin along with rescue & @ReliefDepttKP is on ground , Emergency declared in Swat
PS: CM regularly visit Swat on weekends so don’t tag me if he visit in weekend pic.twitter.com/N0NE2Xt6cs
— Jalal Qazi (@JalalQazi) August 28, 2020