Nature's fury rages on

Floods continue to wreak havoc across Pakistan and Sindh and K-P have been put on high alert.


Express August 07, 2010

Floods continue to wreak havoc across Pakistan and Sindh and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa have been put on high alert as warnings of a major deluge hitting  the regions were received.

Addressing the media, Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani said that the floods are heading towards Sindh and preparations are being made to deal with them. He added that many governmental and non-governmental organisations were working for relief and rehabilitation of the flood victims.

Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa

A flood warning has been issued to settlements along river banks in Charsadda and Nowshera due to heavy rain in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The army is working to rebuild several bridges that were washed away in floods; at the same time more bridges are being swept in fresh torrents.

Also, the Provincial Disaster Management Authority has directed the locals of Nowshera city to remain careful in the next 24 hours.

Heavy rains resumed in the fllood-hit province last night, killing two people. Ten houses have been demolished by lightening near Lowari Top while a 66,000 KV transmission line has been damaged in Chitral.

Bad weather is hampering relief and reconstruction work. Repair of damaged bridges and roads have been halted due to high level flood in the River Panjlora near Dir.

The Meteorological Department says heavy rain will continue for another two days in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

The army has said that the link bridges in Swat, Madin, Bahrain and Kalam have been rebuilt, while reconstruction of other bridges in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa is underway.

Meanwhile, more link bridges have been swept away as floods hit Peshawar Highway, with Nowshera being completely inundated.

Over in Dera Ismail Khan, the Pakistan army has moved 36 families to safer places and rescued five people. Rescue teams of the Pakistan army have evacuated 30 families from Thatta and six other families from Mandra and Pir Sahaba areas.

Foreign medical team comprising of 35 doctors and paramedical staff have also arrived in Dera Ismail Khan. The team will work in the affected areas under the supervision of the army.

Pakistan's disaster management authority says the country's worst floods in 80 years have affected over 12 million people.

In the face of the catastrophe, Prime Minister Gilani has appealed for help from the international community and expatriate Pakistanis.

Skardu

48 people have been killed due to flood triggered landsliding in Skardu.  36 people have lost their lives in the Qamra area of Skardu as a flood torrent triggered landsliding.

In another mudsliding incident in the Ganchay area 12 people have been killed and several houses have been destroyed. Intense floods have demolished 30 houses in the Gulabpur area of Shagar. Eight people including two children are reportedly missing after landsliding took place in the Qamrah area of Skardu.

Gilgit-Skardu road has been closed due to increasing water level in the river Indus.

Sindh

Sevral areas in the Kundh Kot have been flooded after the Tori Band burst. Flood water entered Ghotki, Ghauspur, Mithan Kot and Mehmood Kot areas. 123 villages have been flooded with water in the Ghotki district.

Police, Army and Rangers are rescuing poeple in Khundh Kot.

A flood torrent of 12,800 cusecs has ravaged areas of Bhong, Machka and Bangla Icha near the Punjab-Sindh border.

Floodwater submerged Kot Karam Khan, Nabi Shah and other adjoining areas after two safety dikes of Nabi Shah and Forooq Mazari broke open.

People are evacuating on a self help basis, with more than 10,000 affectees confined to their houses.

The deluge has encircled Sonmiyani town and is heading toward the super dike of Jamal-ud-Din Wali, Rajanpur Kalan and Bhong city.

Sindh's Irrigation ministry has said flood waters have reached the province's Sukkur Barrage.  Meanwhile, 45 embankments have been declared sensitive.

Sukkur's Barrage is holding back three quarters of a million cusecs. The barrage at Gudu is holding back nearly a million cusecs of water. In the Ghotki district, 123  villages and 151,000 acres of land are now underwater.   Elsewhere, dikes such as those at Qadrpur Loop, Baichi and Aspr Guide are all threatened by rising waters.

Punjab

A flood torrent coming from the Taunsa Barrage has wreaked havoc in Mehmood Kot. Several villages have been inundated and thousands of people are homeless.

Kalu Bridge has also been damaged by the raging flood water, severely affecting traffic in the area. Flood water is now near the Parco refinery.

The local administration is taking measures to protect the Parco oil refinery from flood waters. Bate is also expected to be hit by flood waters in the coming hours. Thousands of people are homeless as heavy floods wreak havoc in Kot Mithun city.

Water level in streams has dramatically increased following heavy downpours in Koh-e-Suleman Ranges.

Flood torrent of 900,000 cusecs in river Indus has entered Jampura, Rojhan and Kot Mithun. Parts of Pir Mithan and Miranpur have been completely submerged. Thousands of people are stranded and awaiting government assistance.

The district administration has refused to receive aid sent by the army. Instead civil aviation has accelerated aid distribution among the affectees.

Affectees are being shifted to Dera Ghazi Khan but poor arrangements are adding to their difficulties.

International aid

Addressing the nation in a televised speech Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani had said "I would ask the international community to support and help Pakistan alleviate the sufferings of flood-affected people. Pakistan has been hit by worst floods of its history.”

In response to the government's plea for international assistance, Australia has pledged another $5 million to help Pakistan recover from the worst floods in its history.

This contribution brings Australia's total assistance to Pakistan to $10 million.

The first $5 million, pledged on second August had been allocated to buy food, water, tents and medical supplies. Of the new aid, $4 million will go to the World Food Program to help distribute food to affected people. $1 million will go to the Pakistan Emergency Response Fund, managed by the UN to provide emergency relief such as shelter, health and sanitation services.

Meanwhile, Japan has donated 20 million yen for flood victims in Pakistan.

COMMENTS (3)

Khan Baba | 11 years ago | Reply The name Paktookhaw is idotic and does not suite NWFP That ma be one of the reasons for the fur of these floods change the name and beg forgivenss
Anwar Ahmad | 11 years ago | Reply It is very unfortunate and sad that we do not respond to natural calamities in time. NDMC, created after earthquake, has failed miserably by not creating a proper infrastructure to handle these types of situations. It looks like that we re not aware that the **WORST IS YET TO COME**. Apart from the deaths caused by floods, we have to get ready for disease, scarcity of food, drinking water and other problems related to displacement of millions of people that may take thousands of lives. This time we have not responded as a nation.
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