Pakistan – Over 20 Fatalities After Rain and Flash Floods in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

Over 20 people have died in rain-related incidents in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province in northern Pakistan over the last 10 days.

Many of the victims died when heavy rain or floods caused roofs, walls or whole buildings to collapse. This is a regular occurrence in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa where fragile or poor housing leaves many communities exposed to severe weather conditions.

File photo for illustration. A flood damaged house in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan. Photo: UN Women Asia & the Pacific, under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Heavy rain was reported in the province on 11 to 12 July 2021. Saidū Sharīf, capital of Swat District, recorded 110 mm of rain in 24 hours to 12 July and Kakul in Abbottabad district recorded 180 mm of rain during the same period according to figures provided by Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA).

In a period 11 July to 15 July, 4 people died after buildings or roofs collapsed under the heavy rain in Lower Dir, Abbottabad and Tank districts. The heavy rain also caused flash flooding in Dera Ismail Khan District, where 1 person died, and a landslide in Lower Kohistan, where 4 people lost their lives and 7 were injured.

After a short respite, heavy rain began again from 18 July, triggering flash floods in Upper Dir and Kohat, where a total of 5 people lost their lives. Rain also caused a wall to collapse in Karak district, killing 2 people.

On 20 July, 3 people died in flash floods in Lower Dir and 1 in flash floods in Shangal district. Heavy rain caused roofs to collapse in Kohat (2 fatalities) and Kurram (1 fatality).