Nowshera authorities renew call for evacuation as Kabul River witnesses ‘very high flood’


Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) witnessed another day of deaths and devastation on Saturday as three more people were killed as a result of landslides and floods in Swat while authorities in Nowshera renewed their call for evacuations amid a “very high flood” in the Kabul River.

Meanwhile, a rain emergency remained in place in several areas of the province in the wake of unprecedented rains that pushed most of the country into a crisis.

Today’s developments

  • Death toll from floods, landslides in Swat reaches 15 as 3 more killed
  • KP CM’s helicopter deployed to rescue stranded tourists, deliver food in isolated areas
  • Evacuations under way in several KP areas amid ‘very high flood’ in Nowshera, where the water level in the Kabul River has risen above 300,000 cusecs
  • 15 tourists reported stranded in Lower Dir
  • PM Shehbaz reaches Sujawal district in Sindh to review relief and rescue efforts, announces Rs38 billion for flood affectees
  • Army chief to visit flood-hit areas of Sindh today as military troops accelerate relief operations across the country
  • KP CM to visit flood-affected areas in Swat, Lower Dir today
  • Damage to optical fibre cables and power outages affecting internet services in several areas of KP, says PTA
  • Gilgit-Baltistan suffers financial losses amounting to Rs10 billion during floods, says information minister

At present, more than half of Pakistan is under water and millions of people have been rendered homeless as a result of flash flooding generated by abnormal monsoon rains which have entered their eighth spell with no signs of subsiding.

According to the latest estimates, nearly 1,000 people, including 300 children, have lost their lives because of rains and resulting flooding that has impacted nearly 33 million people – almost 15 per cent of the country’s population.