Significant rainfall causes 2 deaths, 8 injured in Punjab, KP


ISLAMABAD: National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) in its Monsoon 2018 daily situation report has stated 2 people dead, 8 injured and 12 houses partially damaged due to significant rainfall during the last 24 hours in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) provinces.

According to details, a child drowned in rainwater in district Khushab due to the heavy downpour in Punjab over the last 24 hours.

Furthermore, two houses in KP collapsed due to heavy rains in UC Ratta Kulachi resulting in three injuries while five houses were partially damaged due to rains in Village Cargin, District Chitral. However, no loss of life or injuries reported there.

On July 23, a boulder slide down from the hill at village Karpa due to rain and resulted in one child’s death on the spot, two rooms of a house collapsed due to heavy rain in Gilbandi area, two houses were partially damaged in Asharbagh, Swat and a room of a house collapsed in Village Jamrah, Mardan.

Gilgit Baltistan (GB) faced flash flooding on the same day. Four houses downstream in Khaplu were evacuated to safer places and no loss of life was reported, however, approximately 200 Kanals of agriculture land was washed away by the flash flood.

Later a tent village was established and food packs, blankets and plastic mats were provided by the district administration to evacuated families.

In similar incidents on the same day, erosion was reported near Ghursay Village, Khaplu due to the heavy flow of water in Saltoro River after which a family and their house was stranded in the middle of the river. “After erosion, the main river channel has split into two separate channels,” reported local news sources.

The report mentioned that all family members were evacuated safely by district administration while tents, food packs, blankets and other relief items were issued to the family.

“The flow of the river was diverted by using sandbags, stones and gabions where the situation is under control,” it added.

On July 24, flash flooding and mudflow in Gilgit resulted in the blockage of Karakoram Highway (KKH) at Jutal where the flood water entered several houses and agriculture fields.

Frontier Works Organisation (FWO) machinery was mobilised where a one-way road has been opened for all type of traffic. Rehabilitation work is in progress to restore the road completely.

Flash flooding also caused a roadblock in Skardu. According to National Highways Authority (NHA) and respective provinces, the following roads have been blocked due to rains and landslides in KP including Karora Chakesar road in District Shangla, Swat – Buner road at Karakar Buner in District Buner, Katlang road at Katlang in District Mardan whereas, the following roads were blocked and later restored in GB including Astore Road at village Makyal was restored, Shimshal Valley Road at Phurjrik where work was in progress to restore the road, the road to Batswat village, Tehsil Ishkoman, District Ghizer was choked where work was in progress to restore the road by district administration. However, an alternate route has been provided for small traffic through Tishnalote.

Significant rainfall was reported during the last 24 hours including Palandri 62 mm, Sialkot 43 mm, Haraman 44 mm, Shadiwal 40 mm and Bahawalpur 40 mm.

PMD forecast for next 24 hours predicts scattered wind thunderstorm and rain with isolated moderate to heavy falls and one or two very heavy falls over the upper catchments of all the major rivers along Malakand, Hazara, Peshawar, D.I. Khan, Kohat, Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Sargodha, Lahore, Faisalabad, Bahawalpur and D.G. Khan Divisions.

“Moderate to heavy falls at isolated places with one or two very heavy falls are likely to continue from July 25 and 26,” the report said.


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