Pakistan – 12 Dead After Heavy Rain and Floods in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

At least 12 people have died after heavy monsoon rainfall in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province in northwestern Pakistan.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) reported heavy rain from 09 to 11 August, 2019 caused flooding and rain damage in 8 districts.

Three deaths were reported in Baujar district and 3 in Swat district, and 1 in each in the districts of Buner, Malakand, Lower Dir, Shangla, Torghar and Orakzai. PDMA also reported 22 people were injured, 1 house was destroyed and 8 damaged.

Pakistan Meteorological Department reported 131mm of rain fell at Malam Jabba in 24 hours 09 to 10 August, 2019.

This is the second spate of flash flooding and severe rainfall in the province in the last 3 weeks. At least 10 people died in rain and flood-related incidents between 25 and 29 July, 2019.

Other parts of Pakistan have also seen heavy rainfall in recent days and at least 26 people have died in floods and landslides in Sindh Province.

Landslide in Jalkhand, Mansehra, July 2019. Photo: NDMA / ; PDMA Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

Glacial Lake Outburst Flood and Disaster Prevention

In early July this year, a glacial lake outburst flood (GLOF) occurred in the remote area of Golen valley in Chitral District in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province.

The flooding swept away roads and bridges, and damaged homes, irrigation channels and crops. However, no fatalities were reported, in part because the communities received early warning of the approaching flood and the event is seen as a major success in disaster prevention.