Epic scale flood calamity hitting large swathes of country

Two dams collapsed in Balochistan: Ziarat, Duki, Harnai, Sanjawi at high alert: 12 die, 100 hurt in DIK flash floods, city cut off from Islamabad, Lahore: Nowshera, Charsadda inundated after Munda Headworks bridge swept away: Tarbela Dam at high flood: Four die in Larkana roof collapse: Boy electrocuted in Khairpur: NDMA says 45 die in rain/flood disaster during last 24 hours: Three kids die in Lower Dir roof collapse: High alert for Muzaffargarh after high flood in River Indus

By: News Desk
Published: 11:08 AM, 27 Aug, 2022
Pakistan floods
Caption: A man along with a youth use a satellite dish to move children across a flooded area after heavy monsoon rainfalls in Jaffarabad district, Balochistan.–AFP
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The torrential rains and floods that have hit the large swathes of the country are showing no signs of receding as flash floods are devouring more and more lives and crushing down roads, bridges, dams and everything that comes in their way, reported 24NewsHD TV channel on Saturday. 

Many cities in Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa are facing flood threat due to slumping of dams and relentless rains. 

High alert for Ziarat, Duki, Harnai, Sanjawi as two dams wash away 

In Balochistan, the Metrological Department has issued a high alert for Ziarat, Sanjawi, Duki and Harnai. Kawas dam in the mountainous area of Ziarat was broken and the gushing waters submerged Kawas, Varchoom and Kanar. Another washed away Sanjawai dam has inundated District Siki.  

12 die, 100 hurt in DIK flash floods, city cut off from Islamabad, Lahore 

Raging floods are wreaking havoc in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. 

In Dera Ismail Khan, 12 people were swept away in the flash floods and more than 200 others got hurt. Hundreds of houses have collapsed and crops destroyed. The trapped people are taking shelter in school buildings and some are squatting on roads.

A big torrent has hit a hospital in the DIK. The patients are facing numerous difficulties. The city has been cut off from Islamabad and Lahore. There is also disruption of mobile, internet and electricity services. 

Nowshera, Charsadda inundated 

Nowshera is also bracing the ravages of rain-induced calamity as high flood is recorded in River Kabul at Nowshera. The floodwater has entered the city. Several feet of water has accumulated in schools, hospitals, and houses. The Police Line and GT Road have been submerged. The people have started evacuating the area and are moving to safer places. 

High alert was issued for Nowshera and Charsadda when the Munda Headworks collapsed on Friday. Approximately 200-300 feet area of the headworks was swept away in the flood water which has submerged Charsadda and several adjoining areas. The scared people along with their cattle head have left their homes and assembled at Motorway to save themselves from the fury of water. 

The district administration is making announcements to move people to safe places. Flood water has started entering the low-lying areas, which has submerged 500 houses in the Shahi Qalali area.

According to the deputy commissioner, a flood emergency has been imposed in Charsadda and government schools in five union councils have been evacuated to accommodate the flood victims.

Tarbela facing high flood 

The Met Office has issued a high risk alert for the areas adjoining Tarbela Dam in Haripur. 

The water flow recorded at the dam is 419,600 cusecs and the water flow could be increased any time. The administration has instructed the people who have their settlements along Tarbela and Sindh River to evacuate.  

Three kids die in Lower Dir roof collapse

Three kids died in a roof collapse incident occurred in Temargarha Mohajir Camp area in Lower Dir on Friday.

Rescue authorities shifted the injured and dead to a nearby hospital.

Hundreds of villages deluged in Sindh 

The situation created by heavy rains and flooding in Sindh has worsened as communication infrastructure has collapsed in Tangwani, Moro and Matyari. 

The Neseerabad Indus Highway has been deluged. There is a long queue of vehicles on the thoroughfare. Toj canal has been breached from several points and the floodwater starts heading to the populated areas at great speed. Many fish hatcheries have been swept away. 

In Sanghar, 135 villages have been inundated due to breach in Seem nullahs. 

Jiskani village in Khairpur is also facing flood threat, As many as 200 villages deluged after Seem nullahs breach.

Four die in Larkana roof collapse

In Larkana, four people died when their house collapsed due to heavy rain

The incessant rain is lashing the district. Neo Goth has been totally submerged in rainwater. Hundreds of people trapped there due to closure of land routes. The administration has not started rescue and relief operation in the Goth yet. 

17-year-old boy electrocuted in Khairpur 

A teenage boy was electrocuted in Muhallah Ali Murad in Khairpur. 

For the last 11 days, the administration has been failed to pump out 5-6 feet rainwater accumulated in the locality.  

Azlan Murtaza (17) was wading through the water when he stumbled into a live wire and died. 

Motorway police issues travel alert 

Meanwhile, the Motorway police has issued a travel alert asking commuters not to travel unnecessarily on the Islamabad-Peshawar Motorway M1, Hazara Expressway, Murree Expressway, and Swat Expressway. 

High alert for Muzaffargarh after high flood in River Indus  

The Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) has issued an alert for three tehsils of Muzaffargarh district in southern Punjab following reports of high flood in River Indus, reported 24NewsHD TV channel on Saturday.    

According to reports, the district administration has swung into action after noticing that water level in the river has reached 750, 000 cusecs. 

In view of seriousness of the situation, Additional Deputy Commissioner Revenue Muhammad Shah Rukh has dashed to Jatoi where he has ordered rescue and relief operation.  

Similarly, all departments at Kot Addu have also been put on high alert, while the authorities also fear losses at Alipur and Lundi Patafi.  

As many as 16 flood relief camps have been set up in the district so far. 

The authorities are mulling calling the rescue personnel, who are currently in Rajanpur and Dera Ghazi Khan, back to Muzzafargarh. 

The district administration has directed the locals to shift to safe locations.

Pakistan declares rain emergency 

Pakistan declares emergency as approximately 30 million people have been affected by floods.

The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) said Friday that more than 900 people had been killed this year -- including 34 in the last 24 hours -- as a result of the monsoon rains that began in June.

Officials say this year's floods are comparable to 2010 -- the worst on record -- when over 2,000 people died and nearly a fifth of the country was under water.

A statement Friday from Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif's office said 33 million people had been "badly affected" by the flooding, while the country's disaster agency said nearly 220,000 homes were destroyed and half a million more badly damaged.

Two million acres of cultivated crops had been wiped out in Sindh alone, the provincial disaster agency said, where many farmers live hand-to-mouth, season-to-season.

Climate Change Minister Sherry Rehman, who on Wednesday called the floods "a catastrophe of epic scale", said the government had declared an emergency, and appealed for international assistance.

Pakistan is eighth on the Global Climate Risk Index, a list compiled by the environmental NGO Germanwatch of countries deemed most vulnerable to extreme weather caused by climate change.

Earlier this year much of the nation was in the grip of a drought and heatwave, with temperatures hitting 51 degrees Celsius (124 Fahrenheit) in Jacobabad, Sindh province.

A national fundraising appeal has been launched, with Pakistan's military saying every commissioned officer would donate a month's salary towards it.

The worst-hit areas are Balochistan and Sindh in the south and west, but almost all of Pakistan has suffered this year.

Images were circulating on social media Friday of swollen rivers obliterating buildings and bridges built along their banks in the mountainous north.

Junaid Khan, deputy commissioner of Swat district in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, told AFP that 14 riverside hotels had been swept away, along with two small hyrdopower stations.

In Chaman, the western frontier town neighbouring Afghanistan, travellers had to wade through waist-high water to cross the border after a nearby dam burst, adding to the deluge brought by rain.

Pakistan Railways said nearby Quetta, capital of Balochistan province, had been cut off and train services suspended after a key bridge was damaged by a flash flood.

Most mobile networks and internet services were down in the province, with the country's telecoms authority calling it "unprecedented".

45 die in rain/flood disaster, says NDMA report 

The NDMA on Saturday released a report on the loss of human lives and property. 

As many as 45 people died in the rain-related incidents and flashfloods across the country during last 24 hours. 

The highest number of people were killed in Sindh where 33 lost their lives; in KP 10 and in Punjab two people died. 

The total number of deaths has reached 982 so far. As many as 1,456 people got hurt. The loss of cattle head has been estimated at 802,000. 

Approximately, 149 bridges and 682,000 houses have been damaged. 

Flash flooding warning for KP, GB

According to the weather report by Pakistan Metrological Department, flash flooding is expected in local Nullahs of Abbottabad, Mansehra, Dir, Swat, Kohistan, Gilgit Baltistan and Kashmir on 26th and 27th August.

Rainfall may trigger landslides in Kashmir, hilly areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Galiyat, Murree, Chillas, Diamir, Gilgit, Hunza, Astore and Skardu during the forecast period.

Travelers and tourists are advised to remain cautious during the forecast period.

Rain-wind/thundershower is expected today (Saturday) in north Balochistan, Upper Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, northeast Punjab, Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan. Heavy rainfalls may also hit Upper Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan. 

Hot and humid conditions are expected in other parts of the country. 

Reporters Abdul Khaliq Mugheeri, Faran Yameen, Waqar Hussain Mungi, Farooq Ahmed, Jehanzeb Afridi and Amir Dogar