Over 0.5m people affected by floods, says NDMA

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Over 500,000 people have been affected by floods across the country with the casualty figure surging to 86 and 56 people sustaining injuries on Thursday.

The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) reported that over 517,000 people were affected by rains and flood in Punjab, Sindh and Gilgit-Baltistan. In total, 801 villages have been affected and 2,058 houses damaged.

Indus flowing with high flood at Taunsa, Guddu:

Meanwhile, the Federal Flood Commission (FFC) has said that the River Indus is flowing with high flood at Taunsa-Guddu and Guddu-Sukkur and with medium flood at Kalabagh-Chashma reach.

According to daily FFC report on Thursday, River Indus is flowing in low flood at Tarbela. River Kabul is also flowing in medium flood in Warsak-Nowshera Reach, while River Swat at Charsadda Road Bridge and River Ravi at Sidhnai Barrage are flowing in low flood. Other main rivers like River Jhelum, Chenab and Sutlej are flowing normal.

The actual river flows and reservoir elevations indicates that Tarbela and Mangla reservoirs are at elevations of 1543.00 feet and 1236.20 feet respectively, which are 7.00 feet and 5.80 feet below their respective maximum conservation levels of 1550.00 feet and 1242.00 feet.

The Dam Management Authorities have been advised to take utmost care and vigilance in operation and strictly follow SOPs and safety guidelines.

According to Flood Forecasting Division Lahore, Wednesday’s trough of Westerly wave still persists over Northeastern Afghanistan. Seasonal Low lies over Northwestern Balochistan.

As predicted by the Flood Forecasting Division, Lahore, scattered thunderstorm/rain with isolated heavy falls is expected over Southern Punjab (Multan, DG Khan and Bahawalpur Divisions), Eastern Sindh and Northeastern Balochistan during the next 24 hours. Isolated thunderstorm/rain of moderate intensity may occur over Northern and Northeastern Punjab (Rawalpindi, Lahore, Sargodha and Gujranwal Divisions), Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Northeastern Balochistan, besides, upper catchments of all major rivers during the same period.

As a result of flood peaks of high flood stage at Taunsa, Guddu and Sukkur Barrage, the low lying/ riverine areas along River Indus in Punjab (Mianwali, Bhakkar, Layyah, Multan, Muzaffargarh, Rajanpur, D.G. Khan and Rahimyar Khan Districts) and Sindh province (Districts Ghotki, Kashmore, Shikarpur, Sukkur,Khairpur and Larkana) are likely to be affected.