Deadly rains cause colossal damage in Pakistan

Over 50 dead. Pakistani disaster relief officials issued fresh flood warnings, more rain expected.


Web Desk August 04, 2013
Residents stand near a partially submerged vehicle as they evacuate a flooded area in Karachi on August 4, 2013. PHOTO: AFP

Pakistani disaster relief officials issued fresh flood warnings Sunday after the death toll from heavy monsoon rains rose to over 51 and waters paralysed parts of the largest city Karachi.

Flash floods caused by monsoon downpours have inundated many cities and towns, and swept away homes in the northwestern province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Flooding in Peshawar and nearby areas left thousands homeless, causing colossal damage.

Pakistan's National Disaster Management Authority warned that more thunderstorms and heavy rains were expected on Monday and some rivers may flood.

The two day death toll in Karachi stands at 22, Express News reported. At least 20 deaths have also been reported in the northwest and six in the southwestern province of Baluchistan. The death toll is expected to rise as rescue operations and fresh showers continue.

Pakistan has suffered devastating monsoon floods for the last three years, including the worst in its history in 2010 when catastrophic inundations killed almost 1,800 people and affected 21 million.

Army engineers helped relief efforts in Karachi on Sunday where roads and streets were flooded and the city was practically paralysed. Authorities in the city of 18 million people, which contributes 42 percent of Pakistan's GDP, said it would take more than two days to clear up after the water flooded markets, buildings and houses and blocked roads.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif sent three of his cabinet ministers to inspect damage in flood-hit areas. According to an initial survey, 80,000 acres of land with wheat, rice, maize and cotton crops have been devastated.

Weather forecast

Lahore will see scattered thunderstorm/rain.

Sindh will have isolated heavy falls (Karachi, Mirpur Khas, Hyderabad, Sukkur and Larkana Divisions)

Eastern and Coastal Balochistan, DG Khan Division and Kashmir will also experience rain during the next 24 hours.

Scattered thunderstorm/rain may also occur over Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Gilgit-Baltistan and Punjab (Rawalpindi, Sargodha,Gujranwala, Lahore and Bahawalpur Divisions) including upper catchmentsof Indus, Jhelum, Chenab, Ravi and Sutlej rivers.

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7:41pm

Flood emergency has been declared across Dera Ghazi Khan division and the army has been called in for rescue operations by the Punjab government. According to an initial survey, 80,000 acres of land with wheat, rice, maize and cotton crops have been devastated.

Water has also flooded the holy shrine of Hazrat Hamza Sultan, son of Hazrat Ali, buried in the hills of sub-district Dajal of district Rajanpur.

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7:15pm

Pakistan Navy rescues 48 people in rain-affected Jalbani Goth and Gadap Town in Karachi.

Rain in Hyderabad has stopped but the drainage of rain water is still underway. Water is being drained from the main city and from Latifabad.

A total of 24 water pumping machines have been activated round the clock to dispose accumulated rainwater in the submerged areas of Hyderabad, Latifabad and Qasimabad Taluka.

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7:10pm

The Pakistan Army, Rangers and Navy teams have succeeded in rescuing several trapped citizens in Karachi.

In Gulistan-e-Jauhar block 9, the roof of a house collapsed, killing Khero bibi and her 12-year-old son Kashif.

Commissioner Hyderabad Division Jamal Mustafa Syed declares rain emergency in all districts of the division, and asks deputy commissioners to remain on high alert in order to meet any eventuality during heavy monsoon rains.

According to Directorate of Sindh Information Hyderabad Region, the Commissioner has also asked the heads of Hyderabad Development Authority, Water and Sanitation Agency, Municipal Corporation and Taluka Municipal Administrations of Hyderabad district to declare an  emergency in their respect departments along with a cancellation of leaves of all officers, officials and employees so that the required staff could be available for rescue and relief work in case of emergency.

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6:15pm

Enraged citizens have taken to the streets in those parts of Karachi facing the brunt of power outages and flooding.


View of a flooded street in Peshawar. PHOTO: @haroonbadshah94

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6:02pm

As predicted by the Flood Forecasting Division (FFD), in the next 24 hours:

Lahore will see scattered thunderstorm/rain.

Sindh will have isolated heavy falls (Karachi, Mirpur Khas, Hyderabad, Sukkur and Larkana Divisions)

Eastern and Coastal Balochistan, DG Khan Division and Kashmir will also experience rain during the next 24 hours.

Scattered thunderstorm/rain may also occur over Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Gilgit-Baltistan and Punjab (Rawalpindi, Sargodha,Gujranwala, Lahore and Bahawalpur Divisions) including upper catchmentsof Indus, Jhelum, Chenab, Ravi and Sutlej rivers.

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5:48pm

The Federal Flood Commission (FFC) says that the Indus river at Kalabagh and Chashma and the Kabul river at Nowshera could attain medium to high flood level during the next 24 hours.

According to the daily FFC report, medium to high flood situation in hill torrents of D.G. Khan Division and eastern Balochistan was also likely to continue during the same period.


A street turns into a canal in Peshawar. PHOTO: @waleedafridi

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5:25pm

President Asif Ali Zardari expresses profound grief and sorrow over the loss of lives and devastation caused by torrential rains and flash floods in various parts of the country.



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5:14pm



    Floods hit PHA Housing in Block 10 Gulistan-e-Jauhar, Karachi. PHOTO: Asad Anjum

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5:06pm

Spillways of Rawal Dam have been opened.

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5:04pm

Death toll in Karachi from rain water rises to 22.

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5:02pm

Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah warns to fire officials on stagnant flood water in Karachi.

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4:45pm

Doctor Semi Jamali at the Jinnah Hospital in Karachi says most of the deaths occurred due to electrocution or collapsing roofs and walls.

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4:44pm

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4:43pm

National Disaster Management Authority warns that more thunderstorms and heavy rains are to be expected on Monday, while some rivers may flood.

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4:30pm

An emergency has been declared in Jaffarabad, Balochistan due to rains.

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4:27pm

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif monitors the situation throughout the country via video link, sends three ministers to monitor the flood affected areas.



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4:25pm

Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah calls a meeting to monitor damage that has been done so far in Karachi.

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4:20pm

Deputy Speaker Sindh Assembly Syeda Shehla Raza says the Sindh government is taking emergency steps to keep the people safe from the upcoming rainfall that is expected in the coming days, reports APP.

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4:15pm

Roof of a house collapses in the Bhains Colony area of Karachi, killing one man.

A five year old drowns in rain water in Surjani Town in Karachi.

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4:05pm

Rescue agencies have found the bodies of three kids who drowned in Manghopir area of Karachi earlier during the day.

An oil tanker gets washed away in the floods in Hub; thousands of litres of oil wasted.

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3:55pm

At least 13 villages have been inundated as five cracks appear in embankments of the Hajeli Water Board in Thatta.

Flooding in Peshawar and nearby areas has left thousands homeless while Punjab's Rajanpur district suffers destruction.

Warnings have been issued to those living near the coast.

The river Ravi's embankments risk erosion due to flood water.

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3:53pm

The Flood Forecasting Division (FFD) has recorded low and medium flood at some places in River Indus, Kabul and Ravi.

Forecast: medium to high floods will be seen in the river Indus and Kabul at Kalabagh, Chashma and Nowshera during the next 24 hours.

Destruction strikes Karachi's Malir, Lyari and Gajar Nala where footpaths have been destroyed and cars are afloat in the rainwater. A power cable has broken in Nazimabad No 4 area, where it is feared that passersby may be electrocuted.

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3:48pm


Ghareebabad Underpass 4-8-2013 after heavy rainfall. PHOTO: Muhammad Hassaan

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3:45pm

In Karachi, Saadi Town, Gadap, Amroha and Safoora Goth are flooded with water.


Men push their bicycles through flood waters on the outskirts of Karachi August 4, 2013. PHOTO: REUTERS

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3:40pm

More than 11 people have died from rains and resultant flooding in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, while six are confirmed dead in southern Balochistan, disaster relief officials say.

Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) spokesman KPK Nadim Khan says recovery efforts for affectees are being conducted on an emergency footing by the authorities concerned.

PDMA KPK spokesperson Nadim Khan says they have sent rescue teams to Peshawar and provided relief to the people by pumping out water from areas including Warsak Roads, Hayatabad Phase-3, Charsadda and Pabi Road.

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3:36pm

Death toll rises to 22 in Karachi and three bodies of children have been recovered from the nullah in Manghu Pir.


   Residents stands on a electricity pylon in a flooded area in Karachi on August 4, 2013. PHOTO: AFP

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3:32pm

Sindh government has sacked administrator Syed Hashim Raza Zaidi and Municipal Services chief Masood Alam on mismanagement.

Deputy Speaker Sindh Assembly Syeda Shehla Raza said that exigence efforts are being made to provide maximum relief to the people affected by rain. Talking to Radio Pakistan, the Deputy Speaker has said that the Sindh government was taking emergency steps to make the people safe from the upcoming rainfall that is expected in coming days.

Forecast: Chief Metrological Department Touseef Alam has said that the country, especially Upper Sindh and Balochistan are likely to receive more rains during the next 12 hours.

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3:30pm

Karakoram Express, Night Coach and other trains were stopped when floodwater after heavy rains inundated the main rail track, while the road contact of Jhampir town with Thatta was disconnected after flashfloods hit the northern areas of Pakistan.

The Right Bank Outfall Drain (RBOD) spilled over and more than six breaches occurred in the Karachi Water and Sewerage Board (KWSB) supply river flooded dozens of Goths.

10 villages in Jungshahi including Mongar Palejo Goth, Hassan Palejo Goth, Haji Sahhan Goth, Shafi Jakhro Goth and Adam Jakhro Goth were flooded, displacing a large number of villagers who took shelter at safer places and roads.

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3:27pm


Residents hold onto a rope as they evacuate a flooded area in Karachi on August 4, 2013.  PHOTO: AFP

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3:20pm


Karachi is facing extended power outages, standing water in many streets, while sporadic showers continue.

At least 17 people have died in Karachi so far. At least 135 millimeters of rain have fallen in the city so far.


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Correction: The article was running an incorrect picture taken from a Twitter user. The picture has been removed.

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