Issued at: 23:00, 17th September 2014
River Chenab is flowing in High Flood at PanjnadHeadworks with falling trend. The inflow/outflow is 390,000 Cusecs, whereas River Indus is at Low Flood Stage at Guddu Barrage with rising trend. Other main Rivers i.e. Jhelum, Ravi & Sutlej are flowing Normal.
As water level at Guddu Barrage is rising and resultantly dozens of hamlets, villages and settlements in Kuchha area have submerged under water. Evacuation operation in Sindh is also started and so far population from 97 villages of 11 UCs have evacuated. The evacuated families are living in relief camps set up by civil administration of Sukkur Division.
Water is receding in southern districts of Pakistan but damage assessment has not been done so far by any of the humanitarian agency, public agency or disaster management authority.
Fortunately, no death has been recorded or reported in last 24 hours but the number of cattle perished in the catastrophe is touching the mark of 8003 across all the affected regions of the country. Standing crops (rice, mango, cotton, sugarcane and vegetables) wiped out or badly damaged on 2.32 million acres in 26 districts of Punjab.
Issued at: 23:00, 16th September 2014
River Chenab is flowing in High Flood at PanjnadHeadworks with rising trend. The inflow/outflow is 431,000 Cusecs, whereas River Indus is at Low Flood Stage at Guddu Barrage where currently the discharge is 248600 Cusecs. Other main Rivers i.e. Jhelum, Ravi & Sutlej are flowing Normal.According to Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) forecast there would not be any significant weather event expected in the country for next 48 hours.
District Shujabad has been hit badly by the breaches of flood protection wall. The whole district has been inundated; standing crops on thousands of acres are washed out as a result of inundation.
This flood is taking toll of human life on regular basis and the current death toll has touched the mark of 341. 29 persons have lost their life during last 24 hours in affected districts of South Punjab. The number of injured persons is also on rise and touching the mark of 541. There is not significant addition in the affected population recorded during last 24 hours and the numbers are almost similar (2.275 million) as per update III. 47799 houses have been damaged (fully or partly) in the flood affected regions of Pakistan and an overwhelming majority is in Punjab.
Pak Army and civil administration is busy in rescue and relief operation. 479 relief camps have been set up and around 70 thousand affected people have taken refuge in the camps. Army and civil administration have been evacuated 526,416 persons with the help of boats and air lift.
Government of Pakistan has requested United Nations for rolling out Multi Cluster Integrated Rapid Assessment (MIRA) Tool in 6 district including Jhang, Chiniot, Hafizabad, Multan and Sialkot.
DPRD has been phenomenal in responding to the natural catastrophes in Pakistan despite having limited resources and space for humanitarian interventions for those who are directly affected. In recent pasts, DPRD initiated emergency responses against Floods of 2013 in Sindh, Punjab and Balochistan and extended relief assistance in Naseerabad, Karachi and Dera Ghazi Khan. In September 2013, the inhabitants of Awaran faced earthquake of 7.7 magnitude on Richer Scale turned 40000 households into rubble and debris in Awaran and Turbat Districts of Balochistan. SPO was quick to respond the emergency and managed to start the response within 48 hours after the disaster. SPO in cooperation with other civil society organizations Khawaja Gharib Nawaz Trust (KGNT) Relief Foundation Pakistan provided food, medicines and NFIs to 3000 thousand families in Mashkay, Gishkor and Awaran. SPO also formed a district level coordination body comprised of local civil society organization with the name of Awaran Disaster Response Forum (ADRF). This district body played a pivotal role for the effective coordination for interventions and distribution of relief items with district administration, humanitarian organizations and Government of Balochistan.
Last month (23rd of March 2014) SPO took the initiative and landed in Thar with food for 300 families of village Dhaklo, UC Rajoro, ChahchrooTaluqa. 191 recipient families were affected Hindus and 109 were Muslim families of the village. The food packs contained nutritious diet for children, lactating mothers and pregnant women, and pack was enough for a family of 7 for a period of 3 weeks.
This is pertinent to mention that majority of small scale relief operations were under taken by SPO’s own kitty. So far SPO has almost spend 4.8 million PKRs in reporting year (2103-14) in 3 natural disasters and could not expand the emergency operations due to absence of funds and permission of launching large scale humanitarian assistance response particularly in Awaran and flood hit districts in 2013.