Pakistan appeals to world for more assistance amid ‘worst flood disaster’

Flood emergency imposed in Nowshehra: 119 died in last 24 hours taking death toll to 1,033: Govt says funding for development projects rerouted to affected people: PM Shehbaz says over 33 million people hit by flash floods: Rajanpur completely submerged: Flood fury in Tauna persists: Rains keep pounding Khairpur: Shikarpur flood-hit people protest: Man drown in Lower Dir river; two youths die bathing in Tala Gang nullah: DG Khan on the edge as Indus River swells: Canal breach leaves villages submerged in Khairpur Nathan Shah

By: News Desk
Published: 09:18 AM, 28 Aug, 2022
Pakistan appeals to world for more assistance amid ‘worst flood disaster’
Caption: People gather in front of a road damaged by flood waters following heavy monsoon rains in Madian area in Swat Valley.–AFP
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Pakistan has appealed for further international assistance after floods wreaked havoc across the country, destroying infrastructure and rendering millions homeless.

The US, UK, United Arab Emirates and others have contributed to a monsoon disaster appeal but much more funds are needed, an interior ministry official told the BBC.

More than 1,000 people have died and millions have been displaced since June, Salman Sufi said. He said Pakistan's government was doing everything in its power to help people.

The death toll from monsoon flooding in Pakistan since June has reached 1,033, according to figures released Sunday by National Disaster Management Authority.

It said 119 people had died in the previous 24 hours, as heavy rains that have affected more than 33 million people continued to lash parts of the country.

Displaced people wait for assistance after fleeing their homes in Sindh, thousands of people fled their homes after rivers in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa burst their banks, causing powerful flash floods.

"The house which we built with years of hard work started sinking in front of our eyes," Junaid Khan, 23, told AFP news agency. "We sat on the side of the road and watched our dream house sinking."

The Sindh province has also been badly affected, with thousands displaced from their homes.

Speaking to the BBC, Mr Salman Sufi said the country was in desperate need of more international support. "Pakistan has been grappling with economic issues but now just when we were about to overcome them the monsoon disaster hit," he said.

Funding from a lot of development projects had been rerouted to the affected people, he added.

The full scale of the devastation in the Sindh province is yet to be fully understood, but on the ground the people described it as the worst disaster they've survived.

Floods are not uncommon in Pakistan but the people here told BBC these rains were different. They were more than anything that's ever been seen here. One local official described them as "floods of biblical proportions".

Near the city of Larkana, thousands of mud homes have sunk under water, and for kilometres all that's visible is treetops. Where the water level is slightly lower, thatched roofs creep out from underneath the menacing water.

The needs of the survivors are varied. In one village, the people sat there are desperate for food. In another they say they've got their grains, but they need money to meet their other needs.

Many children have developed waterborne diseases. A mobile truck pulls over and scores immediately run towards it. Children carrying other children make their way to the long queue.

One 12-year-old girl says she and her baby sister have not eaten in a day. "No food has come here. But my sister is sick, she has been vomiting, I hope they can help."

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif said 33 million people had been hit by the floods - about 15% of the country's population. He said the losses caused by floods this season were comparable to those during the floods of 2010-11, said to be the worst on record.

Officials in the country blame climate change for the devastation. But poor local government planning has also been cited as a factor that has exacerbated flooding situations in the past, with buildings often erected in areas prone to seasonal flooding.

Rajanpur completely submerged

Rajanpur district has been completely submerged by flood water. People, who used to live in the houses, are forced to live on the streets.

Flood fury in Tauna persists

The difficulties of the people of Taunsa Sharif do not seem to decrease. After the heavy rains, the danger of river flooding looms. The water level in the Indus River has begun to rise. An alert has been issued to people, and they have been instructed to move to safer places.

Rains keep pounding Khairpur

Rains keep pounding Khairpur. Khairpur Nathan Shah is feared to be flooded again. Thousands of citizens once again took to the streets. They protested on the Indus Highway throughout the night. They demanded that the flood water be given natural way. “We cannot see our city being destroyed the way we did in 2010,” they said.

Shikarpur flood-hit people protest

The flood-hit people protested against the lack of assistance in Shikarpur’s neighbouring village Dakhan. The protesters blocked the Shikarpur-Larkana National Highway.

On the other hand, construction for a city of tents for the flood victims has started in Tando Jam on the instructions of Sindh Information Minister Sharjeel Inam Memon. A large number of flood-hit people will be shifted to the tent city.

Man drown in Lower Dir river; two youths die bathing in Tala Gang nullah: DG Khan on the edge as Indus River swells

Man drown in Lower Dir river

An elderly person was swept away in the flow of flood in Lower Dir, whereas, two friends drowned while bathing in nullah in Tala Gang.

According to the rescue sources, a 61-year-old person drowned in the flow of flood while collecting wooden sticks from a river in Lower Dir.

The Rescue 1122 fished out his dead body from the river. The administration has imposed Section 144 on collecting firewood from the river.

Two youths die bathing in Tala Gang nullah

In Tala Gang, six friends drowned while bathing in a nullah. Four of them were rescued alive while the two others were recovered dead. The Rescue 1122 had fished out their bodies from the nullah.

The deceased belonged to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. They were identified as 17-year-old Sameer and 17-year-old Awais.

DG Khan on the edge as Indus River swells

On the other hand, the Indus River at Dera Ghazi Khan has begun to burst its banks, and the Rescue 1122 teams are busy rescuing people trapped in the flood.

“We are providing food to the people with the help of boats. All the rescue teams on the Indus River are on alert in view of the flood warning,” said the Rescue 1122 officials.

“Camps have been set up by our teams. Medical facilities are also being provided to the flood-hit people,” added they.

Canal breach leaves villages submerged in Khairpur Nathan Shah

Dozens of villages were submerged following the occurrence of a 100-foot wide breach in Chandan Canal in Khairpur Nathan Shah, Sindh.

According to the rescue sources, the breach occurred at the point of Kakkar, and the floodwater is now moving rapidly towards urban areas. Johi city is feared to be flooded.

Nowshera feared to be flooded

On the other hand, an alert has been issued and flood emergency has been imposed in Nowshera city, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, for an inflow of 160,000 cusecs of floodwater, coming from flood-hit Swat, is forecasted to enter the city.

The administration besides shutting down all schools has issued the alert about a heavy inflow of floodwater in Kabul River. Due to the inflow of 307,000 cusecs of water in Kabul River, at least 130,000 cusecs of floodwater are about to enter Nowshera city.

Several areas including Garhi Momin, Jabba Daudzai, Camp Corona, Zakhi Jat, Banda Sheikh Ismail, Mulla Khan Chowki, Darab Kadvi Chowki and Mamrez Pashtun Garhi were reported to have been submerged.

Nawabshah grid station submerged

For the past five days, several feet of water has accumulated in Nawabshah's grid station. Electricity supply has been suspended in the city for 5 consecutive days due to non-drainage of water.

Due to severe negligence of the management, the city is facing suspension of electricity for the past 5 days. 

The responsible department has not taken any action yet. Even the drainage of rain water could not be done in the grid station.

Residents of Mannu Abad, Gharib Abad, Society, Sakrand Road, and surrounding areas are agitated due to power outage. 

Citizens are facing difficulties due to continuous non-supply of electricity. Drinking water in houses and mosques is not available. 

According to WAPDA officials, the power supply will remain suspended until the water is completely drained.

Reporters: Farooq Ahamed, Arshad Kotagala, Aashir Ashfaq, Fayyaz Jaffery and Amir Shehzad