The overall death toll from floods across the country reached 1,136 on Monday as the threat of more flooding lingered in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Radio Pakistan reported that according to a situation report of the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), 1,634 individuals were injured in various rain and flood-related incidents and over 735,375 livestock animals were lost.

Additionally, over 3,451 kilometres of roads, 149 bridges, 170 shops, and 949,858 houses were damaged across the country.


Today’s developments:

  • Death toll reaches 1,136
  • Water level decreases in Kabul River at Nowshera
  • Further 35 tourists rescued from Kumrat
  • KP CM visits Chitral and Dir
  • PM Shehbaz visits Nowshera and Charsadda to review damages and relief operations, announces Rs25,000 for all the flood-hit families
  • Aid for relief and rehabilitation pours into Pakistan from friendly countries
  • Sindh CM visits Sehwan and Dadu, inspects Manchar Lake water level
  • PTI fundraising telethon at 9:30pm tonight

Meanwhile, the water level in Kabul River still ranged from medium to very high flow. Data available from the flood cell showed that a decrease of 41,000 cusecs was recorded in the river’s water level and 296,731 cusecs were passing through the river at Nowshera — which was still “very high” flow.

However, that was lower than Sunday’s flow of over 336,000 cusecs.

The irrigation department also said that a “high” flow was reported in Kabul River at Warsak with 103,614 cusecs and “medium” flow at Adezai Bridge with 54,495 cusecs flowing.

According to a statement from Nowshera’s deputy commissioner office, the water level in the Kabul River was continuously decreasing and was likely to go down further in the next five to six hours.

Moreover, high water level was also observed in the Indus River at Chashma, with inflow and outflow levels recorded at 525,362 cusecs and 519,362, respectively.

However, the flood cell data showed that the rest of the rivers in KP were flowing at low, normal, and medium levels.

Meanwhile, KP Chief Minister Mahmood Khan visited flood-affected areas of the province, met affectees and announced Rs100 million aid for them.

The PTI said that he would visit four districts today — Upper and Lower Chitral and Upper and Lower Dir — to review relief and rescue operations.

“In this hour of difficulty, we stand side by side with our people. We believe in public service by being among the people,” CM Khan said.

Rescue operations also continued today as 35 more tourists, including women and children, were airlifted from Kumrat Valley, tour operator Syed Aqil Shah told Dawn.com.

He said a number of tourists were still stranded in Kumrat.

Relief activities have also begun in Lower Kohistan, according to the area’s assistant commissioner, Muhammad Saqib Khan.

“Two relief camps have been set up at Gabbar and Mazo areas of Lower Kohistan for relief activities, while teams have left for the assessment of losses across the district,” he told Dawn.com.

Khan said that the people stranded in several areas of Dubair, Ranolia, Kayal areas had been evacuated to safer places, however, roads lead to Dubair, Ranolia and other areas were still blocked as most of their stretches had been washed away by the floods.

The Karakoram Highway has reopened for light traffic in the limits of Lower Kohistan, the assistant commissioner added.

PM visits KP, announces Rs25,000 for flood victims

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif visited Nowshera and Charsadda today and announced Rs25,000 for every flood-affected family, promising that the funds would disbursed by December 3.

Accompanied by Advisor to PM on Political and Public Affairs Ami Muqam and other local leaders, the premier met the affected families.

Talking to media persons, he regretted that so far 42 people had lost their lives during floods in the province. “Hundreds of thousands of houses have been completely damaged […] In areas such as Kalam, Kohistan, Swat and Dir, the rains have wreaked havoc.”

PM Shehbaz said that the families of the deceased would be provided with Rs1 million. “Along with NDMA, we will work day and night. And after completing my visit to KP, I will announce a grant for the province too,” he promised.

Furthermore, he vowed that the federal and provincial government will, together, stand with the affectees until and unless they were compensated for their losses.

Pakistan receives aid from friendly countries

Meanwhile, in a statement today, the military’s media wing said that Pakistan’s friendly countries had pledged relief and rehabilitation efforts for the destruction caused by the unprecedented floods.

“Four military aircrafts from Turkey have arrived in Karachi carrying relief goods, while two military aircrafts from UAE have arrived at the Noorkhan Air Base Rawalpindi,” the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said.

It said that one military aircraft from UAE will arrive in the country this evening, while another two aircrafts from China will reach Pakistan in the next 48 hours.
Bahrain has also pledged one aircraft to help assist flood victims.

“The relief goods being brought through these aircrafts include tents, medicines and food items,” the ISPR added.

Separately, the Embassy of Japan in Islamabad has decided to provide emergency relief goods (Tents and Plastic Sheets) through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to Pakistan in response to the damages caused by the flood disaster.

In a press release today, it said that the emergency relief goods, which will be delivered in two batches, were expected to first arrive on August 30 at the Jinnah International Airport in Karachi.

“Please allow me to extend my sympathies and condolences to the bereaved families. May the departed souls find eternal peace and their family have the strength to bear this irreparable loss,” Wada Mitsuhiro, Ambassador of Japan to Pakistan, said.

He reiterated that Japan would support the country’s efforts to overcome this challenge in collaboration with the Government of Pakistan.

‘Emergency meeting’ with allies

Information Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb said Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif had called an “emergency meeting” of the government’s allies to deliberate on the current situation.

The meeting would be held at 6pm at the Prime Minister’s House, she added.

She said all chief ministers were also invited to the meeting, which would also be attended by the armed forces’ leadership. “Important decisions” are expected to be taken during the meeting, Aurangzeb added.

Imran Khan to hold fundraising telethon

The PTI said that party chairman Imran Khan’s announced international telethon to raise funds for flood affectees would take place tonight at 9:30pm.

The PTI also shared details of the two bank accounts in which donations could be given.

In a video message regarding the telethon, Imran called on the people to participate and contribute as much as they could.

Punjab

Radio Pakistan reported that according to the military’s media wing, over 70 relief camps were established in Punjab to facilitate flood victims.

The Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said that 10 relief camps were established in Lahore division, 12 in Multan, 17 in Gujranwala, and 19 in Bahawalpur division.

The ISPR added that further camps would be established and the flood affectees were being provided cooked food, medicines and other items of daily use.

It also said that a helpline number (1135) was set up by the army to guide the public regarding donations for flood relief.

Sindh CM visits Sehwan and Dadu

Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah left to visit Sehwan and Dadu today, along with provincial ministers.

The chief minister inspected the water level at Manchar Lake and its dams. He was briefed by officials about the water flow at various barrages.

CM Shah expressed hope that the lake’s water level would begin dropping in the next eight days and said he had to take decisions to prevent cities from drowning.

Talking to the media at the lake, the chief minister said the situation was “bad throughout Sindh” and the government’s first priority was to save lives.

“Currently, the pressure is high on both sides of the river,” he said.

The chief minister said he had talked with the naval chief and two navy helicopters were reaching Dadu. Regarding relief operations, he said the government had distributed 150,000 tents but the need was “much greater”.

He also said that action was being taken against hoarders and those who were involved in stealing funds from the Benazir Income Support Programme would be jailed.


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