Monsoon Rains Reach Pakistan, Causing Heavy Losses
Heavy monsoon rains across Pakistan have triggered flash floods, killed 83 people, and caused thousands to lose their homes since the beginning of August. According to The United Nations Office for the Coordination on Humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA), the rains have also led to an extensive loss of crops, property, and livelihoods, and been responsible for widespread damages to infrastructure.
Heavy rains fell across the cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi yesterday, blocking roads and flooding low-lying areas. According to media reports, in a 24-hour period between Monday and Tuesday, more than two inches of rainfall was recorded in Peshawar and almost two inches in Risalpur—both cities in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province. Nearly two inches also fell in the capital city of Islamabad.
Widespread rain and thunderstorms are expected to continue in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and in the northeastern section of Balochistan Province during the next two to three days.
District authorities, supported by Provincial Disaster Management Authorities and the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), have provided assistance in affected areas to save lives and limit losses of crops, livestock, and assets. The national army and navy have supported search and rescue, as well as de-watering efforts.
Action Against Hunger stands ready with the rest of the humanitarian community to support relief efforts as requested by the government of Pakistan, if conditions deteriorate further. We'll keep you updated here on the blog.
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