The torrential monsoon rains across the country on Sunday took more lives and caused property losses as the total death count in various incidents reached 1,033, with 1,527 individuals injured since the onset of the rainy season.
The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) issued a 24-hour situation report released on routine basis that accounted overall life, property, and infrastructure losses caused by the heavy rains lashing various parts of the country. The rains and flashfloods caused deaths of two men due to drowning in Quetta whereas one child each perished in Ziarat and Mastung. In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa some 31 perished due to roof collapse in various districts, including 14 men in Swat, 14 men in Mansehra, nine in Lower Kohistan, two in Shangla, two in Upper Kohistan, four children in Lower Dir, one child in Lakki Marwat, one child in Upper Chitral and one child in Bajaur.
In Punjab’s Rajanpur district a man drowned in floodwater. In Sindh, 76 people perished. In Azad Jammu and Kashmir, a man was reported dead due to torrential rains in Poonch. In Gilgit Baltistan (GB), death of a man and five women due to flash flood in Ghizer was reported whereas two children were missing; four roads were blocked. Ghizer-Shandoor road has been blocked due to flash flood.
In Balochistan, four highways and routes were blocked as the high flow of water blocked the N-25 Quetta-Karachi Highway as it washed away the Lunda Bridge. Similarly, the M-8 motorway was also blocked due to land sliding while N-50 Zhob-DI Khan and N-70 Loralai-DG Khan highways were choked and restoration work was in progress.
In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, three connectivity routes were damaged due to landslides and torrential rain, including KKH at Achar Nullah, N-90 Khwazakhela to Besha Road, N-15 MNJC road at Jalkhad where restoration work was underway. In AJK, the Azad Pattan Road was blocked due to a landslide. In Punjab, the N-55 Fazilpur-Rajanpur highway was blocked due to floodwater intrusion.
A Met Office report highlighted that mainly dry weather is expected over most parts of the country. However, isolated thunderstorm and rain is expected over upper catchment areas of all major rivers along with northeast Balochistan, Dera Ghazi Khan and Dera Ismail Khan, Rawalpindi, Gujranwala and Lahore Divisions.
The massive torrential rains in the past 24 hours have damaged 48 shops, 40 in Punjab and eight in Gilgit Baltistan (GB), impacted 290 kilometers of roads whereas 83,025 livestock animals died, 267,719
houses got damaged. Commissioner Dera Ismail Khan Division Amir Afaq on Sunday said the next 48 hours are very important keeping in view the passage of a torrent having 600,000 to 700,000 cusecs water through Indus River.
Meanwhile, highest water flow has been recorded in River Kabul at Nowshera, at around 42,198 cusecs while Indus River is in high flood at Chashma Kanal with water flow recorded as 502,000 cusecs. According to data issued by the Flood Cell, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Irrigation Department on Sunday, the maximum water inflow in Terbela was 294,000 cusecs while water outflow was recorded 302,100 cusecs.
On the directives of the Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Mahmood Khan, the deputy commissioners (DCs) of Swat and Dir Upper districts have launched rescue operation to rescue people stranded in Kalam and Kumrat. According to an official handout issued on Sunday, 35 people have been shifted from Kalam and Kumrat to Saidu Sharif Airport (Mingora) and Shaheed Benazir Bhutto University Sheringal (Dir Upper). Four women tourists were shifted through helicopter from Kumrat forests to the university.