Deadly floods claim 1,003 lives, affects 1/5th Pakistan

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3m people in need of immediate aid; Flood inundates 3,500kms of roads, highways; Over 0.5 tonnes of wheat spoiled

Pakistan has been pushed into a state of national emergency and acute humanitarian crisis by the incessant monsoon rains and floods raging across the country which has so far claimed 1,003 lives and left over 20 million people homeless.

Apocalyptic images pouring in from parts of Sindh, Balochistan, Punjab and KP areas have shocked the world as Pakistan battles one of the worst floods ever.

According to an investigation report, at least three million people are in need of immediate aid, with monsoon season showing no mercy and obliterating everything in its way.

This number is expected to rise in the coming days, with floods wreaking havoc in around 101 cities of Pakistan. Preliminary findings by the NDMA, PDMAs and district management committees note that nearly 340 children and 211 women perished in the floods and downpours this year. It also left more than 1,700 people injured.

As per the official data collected from different districts, 260 deaths and 1,083 injuries were reported in Balochistan, 187 deaths and 320 injuries in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 184 deaths and 233 injuries in Punjab, 320 deaths in Sindh, 41 died in Azad Jammu and Kashmir and 11 persons perished in Gilgit-Baltistan. The preliminary data, collected through multiple sources, showed that approximately 1.5 million heads of livestock (goats, sheep, cows, buffaloes, etc.) were killed in the natural disaster putting the food security of the country at risk.

Furthermore, disaster managers operating in different parts of the provinces told that nearly 3 million acres (8,300 square km) of agricultural lands were submerged which is likely to cause 20% reduction in agricultural production this year.

Rough estimates suggest agriculture damage in this year’s floods and rains will cross the Rs750 billion mark.

National Disaster Management Authority officials worry the scope of disaster and volume of destruction may be larger than what is being perceived, perhaps may even break previous records of four floods that impacted Pakistan since 2004.

“Approximately 0.3 million acres of rice fields, 0.6 million acres of cotton crops, 0.3 million acres of sugar cane crops, and 0.6 million of corn, maize, beans, pepper, red gram, pulses and animal fodder fields were spoiled in the floods.” The initial findings also revealed that over 0.5 tonnes of wheat stockpile were also spoiled by floodwaters.

As many as one million houses were either partially or completely damaged in the relentless downpours and consequent inundation in over 34 districts of Pakistan.

Flood have affected over 3,500 kilometers of roads and highways near the Chenab, Kabul, Jhelum and Indus Rivers as well as its tributaries and canals.

Estimates reveal that over 280 small and large bridges including 21 railway bridges collapsed due to the natural calamity. Official figures further highlight that over a dozen small dams were also affected by heavy rains in Balochistan.

Modest official data also pointed out that more than 320 shops and 139 major markets were washed away by floods. Although the extent of damage is larger than the perception as more data pours in.

In Azad Jammu and Kashmir, 27 shops, and 496 houses were completely destroyed of which 145 of these were partially damaged. In the country’s largest province, Balochistan, rains and floods damaged 910 kilometer of roads, 38 bridges, and 226,897 houses. Around 0.7 million livestock heads also perished.

In Gilgit-Baltistan, rains and floods damaged 5-kilometer roads, 52 bridges, and 510 houses of which 306 were completely levelled.

On the other hand in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, monsoon rains and floods damaged 122-kilometer road network, 17 bridges, and 126,897 houses. As many as 2,742 livestock heads also passed away in the natural disaster. Rains and floods also damaged 237-kilometer of roads, 18 bridges, 260 shops and 264,106 houses in Punjab and impacted 302,797 livestock.

Floods affected all major districts of Balochistan including Ziarat, Duki, Naseerabad, Jaffarabad, Sohbatpur, Chaman, Awaran, Kachi, Bolan, Barkhan, Dera Bugti, Ziarat, Zhob, Nushki, Pishin, Kharan, Jhal Magsi, Panjgur, Sherani, Saifullah, Kalat, Surab, Kech, Mastung, Killa Abdullah, Loralai, Musakhel, Jaffarabad and Chaghi.

 

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