Swat floods destroy houses, hotels, and bridges | Flood in Pakistan 2022

A rain emergency has been declared in several districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) until August 30. Provincial disaster management has warned that the Swat river could get very high. According to the Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA), there are “high to very high floods” in the Swat River in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP).

In a short summary.

  • Relief efforts will be conducted in all four provinces by the military
  • In Kohistan’s Ranolia, Nazim calls for the rescue of stranded families
  • In Swat, there are at least 12 deaths; in Shangla, there are four deaths
  • Sindh will receive a grant of Rs15 billion from Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif
  • In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, all public and private schools are closed until further notice
  • A grant of 1.8 million euros has been announced by the European Union for Pakistan
  • As a result of overnight rains, Balochistan has lost contact with the rest of the country
  • As a result of floods in several districts of KP, an emergency has been declared until August 30
  • Floods in Swat and its surrounding areas have swept away bridges, schools, powerhouses, and hotels
  • Imran Khan, chairman of the Pakistan People’s Party, visits flood-affected areas in Tank and Dera Ismail Khan
  • At Kalabagh and Chashma tomorrow, the river Indus is expected to swell by 550,000-700,000 cubic feet

Yousaf Jan Utmanzai, in Swat.

Yousaf Jan visited the flood effected areas in Swat, where he highlighted the issues of effected people.

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Swat, Shangla, Mingora, Kohistan, and other places were devastated by flash floods. As residents scramble to find shelter, videos show hotels, links roads, suspension bridges, houses, hospitals, schools, mini power plants, and water mills getting washed away.

As a result of flash floods in Swat on Friday, at least 12 people died and dozens were injured.

Floods washed away 24 bridges and 50 hotels in Swat.

A roof collapsed in the Chatekal area of Gwalerai Union Council, killing seven people, according to locals in Gwalerai village. A dead body was found in a stream in Aghal, another was found in the Swat River in Durushkhela, the third body was found in Kalakot, and the fourth body was recovered from Chamanlalai. Swat River swept a man away.

A Rescue 1122 official confirmed the death toll but didn’t want to be named since it could go up. There have been 251 deaths caused by floods in KP since June, with over 19,000 homes completely destroyed.

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Submerged wonder park in Fizagat Swat. — Photo by Fazal Khaliq

According to the directive, the deputy commissioners of Swat, Lower Dir, Malakand, Mohmand, Charsadda, Mardan, Nowshera, and Peshawar must identify vulnerable points and communities at risk as soon as possible so that mitigation and safety measures can be devised.

According to the center, “maintain an enhanced alert level and monitor the development of the situation in order to reduce reaction and response times.” The center further recommended that riverbank residents be informed about the increase in water flows.

It recommends that announcements be made regarding the timely evacuation of the at-risk population from low-lying/flood-prone areas in accordance with the evacuation plans.

Also, the PDMA instructed authorities to evacuate cattle from flood-prone areas and restrict vehicle movement in those areas.

Over 30 million people have been affected by the floods in Pakistan, particularly in Balochistan and Sindh. More than 1,000 have died as a result of the floods, and millions are needed in economic assistance.

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