Floods this year are more likely than last year due to the lack of planning this year, still many people are living in camps in Pakistan. Heavy winter rainfall this year has caused a large amount of snow cover over mountains which have started melting due intense heat in May and monsoon rains in June, which started early this year. Though heavy monsoon rainfall are yet to come but we have seen isolated flooding in North-West Pakistan before the monsoon. Reports suggest that 7 people died in South Waziristan on July 5 due to river flooding, three of them were women.
The warning has come after water level has started gradually rising in the three major waterways of Kabul, Swat and Indus Rivers, which can cause floods in the monsoon season hitting almost all the areas in the province.
The government of Khyber has devised a contingency plan to face challenges of the possible floods in the forthcoming monsoon season. Special Monitoring Cells have been set up in the five sensitive districts in order to improve coordination between several departments for reducing the effects of the floods.
The United Nations have said that around five million people in Pakistan are at risk from floods this year, partly because of poor reconstruction and inadequate rehabilitation of survivors who are still reeling from the last year’s deluge. This year at least 29 people have died since June 25 in Pakistan due to heat wave and monsoonal rains, by adding the number of South Waziristan, the death toll rises to 36 till July 6. Pakistan Weather Portal (PWP) had warned of high risk flooding in Pakistan in the month of July and August, since March, which are as follows;
- Monsoon 2011: Backlash of the floods? – History of Pakistan floods in Detail
- Pakistan Weather Update (March 12)