ISLAMABAD, Aug 9 (APP): At least 1,204 persons have so far lost their lives and 1,309 injured due to floods across the country. As many as 289,086 houses have been destroyed or partially damaged with 3,610,735 persons affected across the country by the flash floods. According to data released by the Federal Flood Commission (FFC) here on Monday, 1,871,567 acres of area of crop have also been affected.
The FFC said at least 91,210
houses have been destroyed or damaged in Punjab, 171,010 houses in
Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (KP), 19,619 in Balochistan, 1,430 FATA, 2,336 in
Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) and 3,481 in Azad Jammu and Kashmir so far.
At least 208 relief camps have also been established in all the flood hit areas to provide prompt relief to the affectees.
The flood also affected 4,772
villages in various parts including 1,472 in Punjab, 468 in KP, 2,584
in Balochistan and 193 in GB.
Meanwhile weather pundits have
forecast more rains across the country this week threatening renewed
flooding after 12 million people were affected and crops were damaged
in the deadliest floods in over eight decades.
“Urban flooding in Karachi is
possible and further heavy rain may aggravate the Indus River flooding
in Sindh,” the weather office said in a statement on Monday.
Hundreds of women and children
have taken refuge on the highway from Peshawar to Islamabad in the
Nowshera district, one of the worst affected.
Skin infections, diarrhoea and
malaria outbreaks are spreading quickly, Hasnain Ahmed, a doctor
working with a relief crew, said at a medical camp in Nowshera.
Floods have caused 200 billion
rupees ($2.33 billion) of losses in the northwest Khyber Pakhtunkhwa,
the worst-affected of the four provinces, Riaz Arshad, president of the
Sarhad Chamber of Commerce & Industry said by telephone from
Peshawar on Monday.
On the other hand, River Indus is
flowing in ‘exceptionally high flood’ with rising trend in Guddu-Sukkur
reach and while at Chashma in ‘very high flood with rising trend at
The river is in high with falling
trend at Kalabagh and in High Flood with rising trend at Taunsa while
at Tarbela in Medium Flood with rising trend, says daily report issued
by federal flood commission.
River Kabul is in Very High Flood
Chenab is in Medium Flood with rising trend at Trimmu and is in Low
Flood with rising trend at Marala and Panjnad.
Moreover the report indicates that
Tarbela and Mangla Dams are at elevations of 1536.10 feet and 1206-00
feet, respectively, which are 13.90 feet and 4.00 feet below their
respective maximum Conservation Levels of 1550.00 feet and 1210.00
The concerned quarters have
already been advised to take utmost care and vigilance in further
filling, of both the reservoirs and strictly follow filling criteria
and safety guidelines. Today’s combined live storage position of
Tarbela, Mangla & Chashma is 10.813 MAF as compared to last year’s
According to Flood Forecasting
Division (FFD), Lahore, Yesterday’s Low over western Madhya Pradesh
(India) has merged into Seasonal Low and its trough is extending
towards southern parts of Sindh. Southeastern monsoon current is
penetrating into sub-mountainous areas of Punjab and Kashmir upto 3000
The weather system is being closely monitored by the Pakistan Meteorological Department for its further movement and intensity.
As predicted by the FFD, Lahore,
fairly widespread thunderstorm/rain is expected over lower Sindh,
Kashmir and upper catchments of Rivers Indus, Jhelum, Rivi &
Sutlej, including Rawalpindi, Sargodha, Gujranwala, Lahore, D.G.Khan
and Bahawalpur Divisions during the next 24 hours. Scattered
thundershower/rain is also expected over Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab
Gilgit-Baltistan, kashmir, upper Sindh and southern & northeastern
parts of Balochistan during the same period.
Significant rainfall events
reported during the past 24 hours include; Thatta = 107 mm, Badin =
102mm, Karachi (Gulshan-i-Hadeed = 80 mm, Airport = 61 mm, Saddar = 43
mm, Faisal Base = 42 mm, MasroorBase = 30 mm & Landhi = 26 mm),
Mithi = 59 mm, Chhor - 55 mm, Barkhan = 53 mm, Mirpukhas = 48 mm,
Nawabshah = 46 mm, Cherat = 42 mm, Parachinar =33 mm, Bunji = 31 mm,
Huderabad = 26 mm, Alexandra Bridge = 25 mm, Daggar = 24 mm,
Daulatnagar = 22 mm, Gilgit = 20 mm, Rohri = 18 mm, Peshawar (Airport)
and Saidu sharif = 15 mm, River Indus is flowing in Exceptionally high
Flood Level in Guddu-Sukkur reach. Flood Bunds i.e. Tori Bund located
along right bank and Qadirpur Loop Bund along left bank of River Indus
downstream of Guddu Barage have breached, which resulted in damages to
crops and property, Provincial Irrigation Department government of
Sindh with help of Pak Army is trying to control the situation.
The flood peak of Exceptionally
High Flood Level is likely to pass through Kotri sometime on 10th/11th
August, 2010. Provincial Irrigation Department Government of Sindh and
District Administrations have been advised to take precautionary
measures for safe passage of peak flood flows into Arabian Sea.
According to the latest Hyderabad
conditions as reported by Flood Forecasting Division Lahore, River
Indus at Taunsa is likely to attain Very High Flood Level ranging
between 6.80,000 to 7,30,000 cusecs during the period 0600 hrs of
11-08-2010 to 0600 hrs of 13-08-2010.
Under this scenario, the
inundation and riverine flooding in low lying areas of Districts
Bhakkar, Layyah, Muzaffargarh, D.G. Khan and Rajanpur is expected.
Al-concerned are being kept informed by the Flood Warning Centre, Lahore on round the clock basis.