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HEAVY RAINFALL AND FLOOD DAMAGES PAKISTAN AGRICULTURE AND THEIR CITIZENS. [ KHYBER TO KARACHI ]

by Fahid Safdar
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Heavy rainfall has been affecting southern and north-western Pakistan over the past few days, causing floods, and flash floods that resulted in casualties and damage. According to media reports, in Balochistan Province (southern Pakistan) at least 25 people have died, 35 others have been injured, while a number of houses and road sections have been flooded. One of the most affected Districts was Quetta where national authorities are providing emergency assistance. In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province (north-western Pakistan), three people have died, four others have been injured and eight houses have been damaged, after heavy rain and floods across four Districts. Furthermore, one Glacial Lake Outburst Flood (GLOF) event has been reported across the Province where at least one person died. For the next 24 hours, more rain with strong winds and thundershowers is expected in Balochistan, Sindh, Kashmir, Islamabad, Upper and Central Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and Gilgit-Baltistan. Extreme levels of flood danger were reported in several parts of the country. (ECHO, 6 Jul 2022)

According to the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), as of 5 July, a total of 77 people have died across seven Provinces, most of them in Balochistan (39 fatalities) and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (17), three others are still missing, and 85 have been injured. Almost 600 houses have been damaged, five bridges and roads affected. National authorities are providing help to the most affected people. (ECHO, 7 Jul 2022)

The monsoon season continues to affect several provinces of Pakistan, causing floods, flash floods and severe weather-related events, and resulting in an increased humanitarian impact. According to the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), as of 11 July, up to 147 fatalities have been reported across seven provinces, most of them in Balochistan (63 fatalities), Sindh (26), and Punjab (23), and 160 individuals have been injured. More than 1 000 houses have been damaged or destroyed, five bridges and road sections affected. National authorities are providing help to the most affected people. (ECHO, 11 Jul 2022)

According to the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), as of 18 July, up to 238 fatalities have been reported across seven provinces, most of them in Balochistan (75 fatalities), Punjab (55), and Sindh (48), and 187 individuals have been injured. Almost 3,400 houses have been damaged, as well as 22 bridges and 11.5 km of roads. The provincial disaster management authority in Balochistan has declared state of emergency in the wake of flash floods and heavy rains in Quetta and Pishin districts. According to initial assessments at least 150,000 people require humanitarian assistance, 30,000 people have been severely affected in Balochistan, and 400 families have been displaced. (ECHO, 19 Jul 2022)

Pakistan has received 60% of total normal monsoon rainfall in just three weeks since the start of the monsoon season. Heavy rains have resulted in urban and flash floods, landslides, and Glacial Lake Outburst Floods (GLOF) across Pakistan, particularly affecting Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and Sindh Provinces. As of 25 July, the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) reported that the floods have resulted in 312 deaths (including 121 children and 56 women) and some 300 people have been injured since 1 July. More than 10,000 households have been affected, of which 60% are in Balochistan. More than 5,000 houses have been partially damaged and another 3,200 houses have been fully damaged. In addition, around 800 schools (600 in Balochistan alone), 50 bridges and 616 km of road sections have been affected. […] According to initial assessments in Balochistan, at least 150,000 people require humanitarian assistance and while 30,000 people have been severely affected, and 400 families have been displaced. The Provincial Disaster Management Authority had declared 18 out of a total of 26 districts in Balochistan as calamity-hit areas. (OCHA, 25 Jul 2022)

According to the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), as of 28 July, 357 people died across seven provinces, most of them in Balochistan (106 fatalities), more than 400 sustained injuries, and approximately 23,800 houses have been damaged. Warnings for floods and flash floods have been issued for urban areas in northern Pakistan, including the cities of Islamabad and Peshawar. (ECHO, 29 Jul 2022)

The monsoon season continues to affect several provinces of Pakistan, causing floods, landslides, and severe weather-related incidents, resulting in an increasing scale of humanitarian impact. According to the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), as of 1 August, 478 people have died across seven provinces, most of them in Balochistan (136 fatalities). 536 others have been injured, and more than 36,400 houses were damaged, while more than 24,000 livestock have been lost and more than 950 km of roads damaged. (ECHO, 2 Aug 2022)

In view of persisting calamities caused by floods and heavy rainfall across Pakistan, on 5th August, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs officially requested humanitarian assistance from the UN and international community. According to initial estimates 7 million people across Pakistan have been affected by floods. From a total of 35 districts, 24 districts are declared as calamity hit in the province of which 9 districts are severely affected: Lasbela, Jhal Magsi, Killa Saifullah, Pishin, Noshki, Kachhi, Khuzdar, Kalat and Chaman. The PDMA Balochistan has set up five (5) camps accommodating on average 300-500 families per camp (1,800 – 3,000 individuals/camp). (ECHO, 7 Aug 2022)

As of 4 August, the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) reported that floods in Pakistan had resulted in 530 deaths (including 199 children and 108 women) and 604 people had been injured since 14 June 2022. Total number of people affected has reached 1 million. More than 42,000 houses have been either fully or partially damaged, while 56,097 hectares of crop area are damaged and over 10,000 people are displaced. (OCHA, 8 Aug 2022)

Resurgence of strong monsoon currents and increased thunderstorms are forecast across Pakistan until 19 August, mostly affecting areas in the south. The severe adverse weather has resulted in the deaths of at least 580 people, including 224 children and 114 women. Nearly 23,000 people have reportedly been displaced from their homes and some 107,000 livestock have perished. The recent Integrated Phase Classification (IPC) analysis of acute food insecurity projects over 955,000 people being food insecure in the flood-affected areas of Balochistan between July and November 2022 (IPC Phase 3 and Phase 4). (OCHA, 12 Aug 2022)

Parts of Pakistan continue to be affected by monsoon rain, which has caused floods, landslides, flash floods, and severe weather-related incidents. According to the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), on 16 August, 635 people died across seven provinces, most of them in Balochistan (196 fatalities). More than 1,010 individuals have been injured, while damage has been reported to at least 72,500 houses. In addition, 110,440 livestock has been lost and more than 2,800 km of roads and 130 bridges have been damaged. (ECHO, 17 Aug 2022)

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