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Thursday, September 13, 2012

Pakistan hit by devastating floods again BY CHILLYMANJARO

Pakistan has been hit with second season of devastating floods as fast flowing water swept away hundreds of villages, bringing miseries to the locals in already poor living environments. Flash floods triggered by heavy rains caused widespread destruction across vast swathes of Pakistan, breaking a 24-year rainfall record and leaving over 100 people dead in upper Sindh, wreaking devastation in Punjab’s Dera Ghazi Khan and Rajanpur areas and leaving five districts of eastern Balochistan cut off from the rest of the country.
Hundreds of houses were washed away and thousands of families were rendered homeless due the torrential rains in Pakistan in September 2012. Heavy rainfall breached canals, inundated agricultural fields, villages, roads and railway tracks. Damage reports focused largely on Punjab, Balochistan, and Sindh Provinces. In Balochistan, several villages inundated due to heavy rainfall, forcing hundreds of residents to evacuate as a breach developed in Pit Feeder Canal in Naseerabad. More than 100 people were reported dead in Sindh Province alone, according to local media Dawn.
Heavy monsoon rains have led to several flash floods (Credit: PressTV)
A huge torrent of floodwater ravaged its way through Chhatar and Lehri into Rabi area of district Naseerabad inundating over 500 villages. Over six villages have been inundated due to a 50-feet wide breach in Shahi Canal. Balochistan is cut- off from rest of the country as road network was already disrupted due to the heavy rains in northern and eastern Balochistan
Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite captured this two images on September 1 and September 13 (NASA image courtesy Jeff Schmaltz, LANCE MODIS Rapid Response Team at NASA GSFC. Caption by Michon Scott.)
On September 13, the Indus River was significantly swollen compared to about two weeks earlier, and water swamped agricultural fields away from the river. These images above compare conditions along the Indus River where the borders of Punjab, Balochistan, and Sindh Provinces meet. In this region, a network of levees and canals along the Indus River distributes Pakistan’s normally scarce water resources.
During the summer and fall of 2010, Pakistan experienced some of the worst flooding in living memory.