Standing crops on 321,160 acres perished: NDMA

August 20, 2013


Standing crops on 321,160 acres perished
Standing crops on 321,160 acres perished

Flash floods triggered by torrential rains have destroyed standing crops on 321,160 acres of land – 253,000 acres in Punjab, 64,000 acres in Balochistan and 4,279 acres in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. According to National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), the floods have also resulted in the death of 111 persons in the country, 31 deaths have been reported in Punjab, 24 in KP, 22 in Sindh, 18 in Balochistan, 12 in Federally Administrative Tribal Areas (FATA) and 4 in Azad Kashmir.

Due to flooding a total of 4,275 houses were partially damaged in the country of which 1,968 were in Punjab, 708 in KP, 1,500 in Balochistan, 98 in Azad Kashmir and one in Sindh. Some 5,427 houses were completely destroyed in the floods of which 2,277 were in Punjab, 3,000 in Balochistan, 149 in KP and one in Azad Kashmir.

So far 1097 villages have been affected including 725 in Punjab, 15 in KP, 15 in Sindh and 342 in Balochistan, where a total 546,488 acres of land is affected, of which 321,160 acres is cropped area.

Countrywide an estimated 400,000 people have been affected by the flash flooding, including 320,000 in Punjab, 336, in KP, 15,000 in Sindh and 64,000 in Balochistan. According to Federal Flood Commission (FFC) at present the Indus River was flowing in medium flood at Taunsa-Guddu while low flood at Chashma and Sukkur Barrage. The Chenab River was in low flood at Trimmu and Ravi River was in high flood at Balloki and low flood at Shahdara.

According to daily FFC report, the river Sutlej was also at low flood stage at Suleimanki, while river Jhelum was running normal. The river Kabul was flowing in low flood at Warsak and medium flood at Nowshera, whereas river Swat was in low flood at Charsadda Road Bridge. The actual river flows and reservoir elevations indicates that Tarbela and Mangla Dams are at elevations of 1549.25 feet and 1225.60 feet respectively, which are 0.75 feet and 16.40 feet below their respective maximum conservation levels of 1550.00 feet and 1242.00 feet. The combined live storage position of Tarbela, Chashma and Mangla reservoirs is 12.772 MAF as compared to last year”s 6.312 MAF.

According to flood forecasting Division (FFD), Lahore, a shallow trough of westerly wave lies over North-eastern Afghanistan and adjoining area, whereas a fresh well-marked monsoon low has developed over northern Bay of Bengal.

Yesterday”s low pressure area over Haryana and adjoining Indian Punjab has become insignificant. Seasonal Low lies over North-eastern Balochistan. Moderate moist current from Arabian Sea and Bay of Bengal is penetrating into upper parts of the country up to 5000 feet. As predicted by the Flood Forecasting Division (FFD), Lahore, fairly widespread thunderstorm/rain with isolated heavy falls is expected over upper catchments of Rivers Jhelum, Chenab, Ravi and Sutlej during the next 24 hours.

Scattered thundershower may also occur in Khyber Pakhtunkhawa, upper Punjab (Rawalpindi, Lahore and Gujranwala Divisions) and upper catchment of River Indus, besides, isolated thundershower in D G Khan Division during the same period. Significant rainfall reported by FFD, Lahore during the past 24 hours include; Jhelum = 102 mm, Murree = 58 mm, Mangla = 51 mm, Shakargarh and Kotnaina = 29 mm each, Muzaffarabad = 25 mm, Islamabad (Airport = 23 mm and Shamsabad = 11 mm), Lahore (Airport = 22 mm, Shahi Qilla = 21 mm, Shahdara = 18 mm and City = 17 mm), Chakri = 22 mm, Nauseri = 19 mm, Kakul = 16 mm, Domel, Zafarwal, Attock (Khairabad) and Balakot = 14 mm each, Palku, Aik Nullah (Ura) and Talhatta = 13 mm each, Sialkot (Cantt = 11 mm) and Palote and Phulra = 11 mm each. Courtesy Business Recorder

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