More than 40,000 households have been affected due to flash floods.
The monsoon rains started in Pakistan in the last week of June 2022. Since the start of the monsoon season, Pakistan has received 60% of its total average monsoon rainfall in just three weeks. Heavy rains have caused urban and flash floods, landslides, and Glacial Lake Outburst Floods (GLOF) throughout Pakistan, most notably in Balochistan, Punjab, and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and Sindh.
Above-normal precipitation was predicted over most parts of the country during the forecast season. Heavy rains were reported in July 2022 in significant parts of Balochistan. Due to this, Jhal Magsi, Khuzdar, Pishin, Lasbela, Naushki, Killa Abdullah, Killa Saifullah and Naseerabad were the worst affected. This is caused not only by monsoon rains but also by flash floods from mountains.
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Similarly, in the Punjab District, the flood caused by heavy torrential rains in the Sulaiman Range led to breaches in the protection dykes of two water channels in district Rajanpur, leaving at least 2,500 villagers stranded. Due to the monsoon rains, the water level in the Chenab has increased. Approximately 75,000 cusecs of water are passing under the Chenab Nagar bridge, causing a low-level flood in the low-lying areas on both sides of the river. The water has inundated crops on hundreds of acres of land, and the residents of such sites have shifted to safer places along with their cattle. More water flow is expected from the Head Qadirabad, and the district administration has issued an alert to the departments concerned.
In Sialkot, the water level in the Chenab River and drain Dek has started rising, and the district administration has put all the departments on red alert to deal with the possible flood. As per reports, India has released 2,00,000 cusecs of flood water in Ravi, which will likely turn into extreme high floods in the river, Flood Fore- casting Division has apprehended. That flood could submerge hundreds of acres of land in Lahore, Shekhu- pura, Nankana Sahib, Faisalabad, Okara, Sahiwal,Toba Tek Singh, Jhang, Khaniwal and Multan.
Recent rains in Sindh have resulted in flush floods and affected most districts. As per reports, people have suffered heavy losses, including loss of human lives, livestock, and agriculture,e that’s why the government of Sindh has declared Kamber Shahdadkot, Matiari, Dadu, Badin, Jamshoro, Sanghar, Naushahro Fero, and Khairpur as Calamity Affected districts .
According to the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), as of August 3rd, 529 people have died due to the floods, including 108 women and 191 children, while 604 others had been injured.
As per the NDMA report, More than 40,000 households have been affected due to Rains or flash floods. Froom which More than 32000 houses have been partially damaged and another 8146 homes have been fully damaged. In addition,60 bridges and 2445.5 km of road sections have been affected, while about 24,000 livestock have been lost.
The following are the immediate needs as per currently reported situations:
- Evacuation through boats
- Cooked food
- Food (Ration) Baskets
- NFIs (Kitchen utensils, jerry cans, etc.)
- Provision of safe drinking water
- Hygiene Kits
- Essential Medicines
After the relief phase, immediate needs might arise for the following:
- NFI Kits
- Solar Lights
- Mosquito Nets
- Alternate Energy Solution