ISLAMABAD: Over 0.5 million people have been affected by flood across country with casualty figure surging to 86 and 56 people sustaining injuries.
Radio Pakistan quoting National Disaster Management Authority sources reported that over 517000 people were affected by rains and flood in Punjab, Sindh and Gilgit-Baltistan.
In total, 801 villages have been affected and 2058 houses damaged, the report said.
NDMA has transported 15 tons of ration and one ton of mineral water bottles for the flood-affected people to Chitral,it added.
In a report issued, the authority said besides five Mobile Utility Stores outlets, 40 permanent Utility Stores have been established in Chitral.
It said 20 tons of commodities have been transported to Mastuj, Bhoni from Gilgit and the authority has provided 2800 tents alongwith 1000 food packs for the flood affected people in Gilgit Baltistan.
In AJK, the NDMA provided 2000 tents, 2000 blankets and 1500 tarpaulin shelters.
River Indus flowing with high flood at Taunsa, Guddu:
The Federal Flood Commission (FFC) has said that River Indus is flowing with high flood at Taunsa-Guddu and Guddu-Sukkur reaches 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, yesterday's trough of Westerly wave still persists over Northeastern Afghanistan. Seasonal Low lies over Northwestern Balochistan. Yesterday's Well Marked Monsoon Low continues to prevail over Northwestern Rajasthan (India).
Moderate moist current is penetrating into Southern Punjab and Sindh upto 7000 feet.
As predicted by the Flood Forecasting Division, Lahore, scattered thunderstorm/rain with isolated heavy falls is expected over Southern Punjab (Multan, D.G. 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.
The concerned authorities have been advised to take necessary precautionary measures, so as to avoid loss of life and minimize damages to private and public property.
Provincial Irrigation Departments have been advised to ensure round the clock patrolling of flood embankments and make necessary arrangements for flood fighting at vulnerable reaches for safe passage of flood peaks in River Indus.
Significant rainfall events as reported by the Flood Forecasting Division, Lahore during the past 24 hours included: Khanpur = 124 mm, Rahimyar Khan = 32 mm, Parachinar = 20 mm, Layyah = 13 mm and Kot Addu = 10 mm. – APP