INUNDATION PARALYSIS
FLASH FLOODS FROM MONSOON
RAINS IMPACT NORTHWEST
PAKISTAN AGAIN
AUGUST 1-17, 2013
Summer floods are common as a
result of monsoon rains that swell
rivers and streams across Pakistan.
IN VIEW OF PAST FLOODING
DISASTERS, PAKISTAN’S
GOVERNMENT CRITICIZED FOR
LACK OF FLOOD DISASTER
RESILIENCE MEASURES
SOCIETAL IMPACTS
 Monsoon rains have triggered
flash floods and landslides in
different parts of northwestern
Pakistan, b...
SOCIETAL IMPACTS
• More than 81,000 people
affected
• Hundreds dead.
• Health care issues.
AERIAL VIEW
VILLAGES OVERWHELMED
INUNDATION PARALYSIS
EVACUATION
INNOVATION
RESCUE
TRYING TO SURVIVE
A TEMPORARY SHELTER
RECOVERY: A CHALLENGE!
FLASHBACK TO 2010
NORTHWEST PAKISTAN (AND
AFGHANISTAN) HIT BY
CATASTROPHIC FLOODING
AFTER PROLONGED
MONSOON RAINS
JULY 28-AUGUST 23, 2010
[N...
ONE-FIFTH OF PAKISTAN
AFFECTED
2010’s floods, which began in May
and continued through August, were
the worst in 80 years, setting
records in the provinc...
In Afghanistan, NATO and Afghan
troops flew dramatic helicopter
rescue missions in militant-held
territory, displaying "ac...
Over 1,600 Pakistanis died (and
probably many more) and more
than 20,000,000 were impacted,
including 3,500,000 children, ...
The survival of some of the poorest
of the poor living in the districts of
Nowshera, Charsadda, Peshawar,
Swat, and Lower ...
The United Nations announced
Saturday, July 31, that they would
provide $10 million dollars for
immediate emergency assist...
International response to the appeal
of the United Nations for $460
million was unusually slow due, in
part, to global eco...
The USA provided $60 million for
immediate emergency assistance
along with Navy and Marine
helicopters, rescue boats, wate...
The rains paused on Monday,
August 2, for a time, but survival for
thousands was already a race with
time
as evacuation, s...
On August 12th
, Pakistan’s
President Zardari made his first trip
to Sukkur to view the flood impacts
and to assure angry ...
The people protested to the
government, because they
perceived that the urgent need
adequate temporary shelters,
and
clean...
PROTESTERS: NOWSHERA
By August 12th
, rain-swollen rivers
were receding, but the disaster was
still growing because many of
Pakistan’s poorest ...
DERA ISMAIL KHAN:
INUNDATED
FLOOD SWOLLEN RIVER:
MINGORA, SWAT
MUZAFFARABAD: RISING
FLOOD WATERS
THOUSANDS OF MUD BRICK
HOMES COLLAPSED
NOWSHERA: DAMAGED MUD
HOUSE
TRYING TO DIVERT WATER
LOSS OF INFRASTRUCTURE
HINDERED EMERGENCY RESPONSE
OVER 3.5 MILLION CHILDREN
IMPACTED
COLLAPSED HOUSE
THESE LIVESTOCK WERE SAVED,
BUT THOUSANDS DROWNED
PESHAWAR: MELONS
BECAME PRECIOUS
CLINGING TO DEBRIS
NOWSHERA: SEEKING
HIGHER GROUND
SEEKING HIGHER GROUND
SEEKING A SAFE HAVEN
THIS EVACUATION FROM
CHARSADDA WAS DIFFICULT
EVACUATION WAS DIFFICULT
EVERYWHERE
NOWSHERA: EVACUATION
NOWSHERA: EVACUATION
TO A SAFE HAVEN
EVACUATE WITH WHAT CAN
BE CARRIED
EVACUATE WITH WHAT CAN
BE CARRIED
EVACUATE WITH WHAT CAN
BE CARRIED
EVACUAE WITH WHAT CAN
BE CARRIED
MUZAFFARABAD: INADEQUATE
TEMPORARY SHELTER
INADEQUATE TEMPORARY
SHELTER
ADEQUATE TEMPORARY
SHELTER?
30,000 Pakistani troops rescued
28,000 people using helicopters and
other means, and distributed water
and food.
WAITING FOR FOOD
NOWSHERA: PAKISTANI
ARMY DISTRIBUTING WATER
FOOD LINE IN PUNJAB
PROVINCE: AUGUST 20
FOOD LINE IN PUNJAB
PROVINCE: AUGUST 20
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Flash floods from monsoon rains impact northwest Pakistan again August 1-17, 2013. Another reminder of the importance of continuous learning--especially from our past mistakes. Summer floods are common as a result of monsoon rains that swell rivers and streams across Pakistan. Presentation courtesy of Dr. Walter Hays, Global Alliance for Disaster Reduction

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Northwest Pakistan hit by summer floods again August 1-17, 2013

  1. 1. INUNDATION PARALYSIS
  2. 2. FLASH FLOODS FROM MONSOON RAINS IMPACT NORTHWEST PAKISTAN AGAIN AUGUST 1-17, 2013
  3. 3. Summer floods are common as a result of monsoon rains that swell rivers and streams across Pakistan.
  4. 4. IN VIEW OF PAST FLOODING DISASTERS, PAKISTAN’S GOVERNMENT CRITICIZED FOR LACK OF FLOOD DISASTER RESILIENCE MEASURES
  5. 5. SOCIETAL IMPACTS  Monsoon rains have triggered flash floods and landslides in different parts of northwestern Pakistan, blocking roads, flooding streams and washing away houses and crops.
  6. 6. SOCIETAL IMPACTS • More than 81,000 people affected • Hundreds dead. • Health care issues.
  7. 7. AERIAL VIEW
  8. 8. VILLAGES OVERWHELMED
  9. 9. INUNDATION PARALYSIS
  10. 10. EVACUATION
  11. 11. INNOVATION
  12. 12. RESCUE
  13. 13. TRYING TO SURVIVE
  14. 14. A TEMPORARY SHELTER
  15. 15. RECOVERY: A CHALLENGE!
  16. 16. FLASHBACK TO 2010
  17. 17. NORTHWEST PAKISTAN (AND AFGHANISTAN) HIT BY CATASTROPHIC FLOODING AFTER PROLONGED MONSOON RAINS JULY 28-AUGUST 23, 2010 [NOTE: War and Ramadan (which began on Aug 12) were major hinderances]
  18. 18. ONE-FIFTH OF PAKISTAN AFFECTED
  19. 19. 2010’s floods, which began in May and continued through August, were the worst in 80 years, setting records in the province of KhyberPakhtunkhwa, parts of the Pakistan-administered Kashmir region, and the eastern province of Punjab.
  20. 20. In Afghanistan, NATO and Afghan troops flew dramatic helicopter rescue missions in militant-held territory, displaying "acts of heroism that were awe inspiring," according to a spokesman for the Combined Air Power Transition Force.
  21. 21. Over 1,600 Pakistanis died (and probably many more) and more than 20,000,000 were impacted, including 3,500,000 children, as rains swelled rivers, inundated villages, and triggered landslides, causing entire villages, roads, and bridges to be swept away and leaving some areas isolated.
  22. 22. The survival of some of the poorest of the poor living in the districts of Nowshera, Charsadda, Peshawar, Swat, and Lower Dir became problematic very early because of the prolonged, catastrophic nature of the monsoon rains and flooding.
  23. 23. The United Nations announced Saturday, July 31, that they would provide $10 million dollars for immediate emergency assistance and would appeal for 460 million for an emergency effort to provide food, medicine, water, and shelter, especially for 3.5 million children.
  24. 24. International response to the appeal of the United Nations for $460 million was unusually slow due, in part, to global economic problems.
  25. 25. The USA provided $60 million for immediate emergency assistance along with Navy and Marine helicopters, rescue boats, water filtration units, prefabricated steel bridges and thousands of packaged meals, which Pakistani soldiers tossed from helicopters
  26. 26. The rains paused on Monday, August 2, for a time, but survival for thousands was already a race with time as evacuation, search and rescue, mass care (food, clean water, and short- and long-term health care to prevent disease) were severely hindered by the widespread inundation and loss of infrastructure.
  27. 27. On August 12th , Pakistan’s President Zardari made his first trip to Sukkur to view the flood impacts and to assure angry citizens concerned that they had been abandoned, that the Government was working very hard to obtain international relief.
  28. 28. The people protested to the government, because they perceived that the urgent need adequate temporary shelters, and clean drinking water and toilets to avert a public health catastrophe was NOT being met.
  29. 29. PROTESTERS: NOWSHERA
  30. 30. By August 12th , rain-swollen rivers were receding, but the disaster was still growing because many of Pakistan’s poorest of the poor families had not only lost their homes, but also the ability to feed themselves, and were now threatened with disease..
  31. 31. DERA ISMAIL KHAN: INUNDATED
  32. 32. FLOOD SWOLLEN RIVER: MINGORA, SWAT
  33. 33. MUZAFFARABAD: RISING FLOOD WATERS
  34. 34. THOUSANDS OF MUD BRICK HOMES COLLAPSED
  35. 35. NOWSHERA: DAMAGED MUD HOUSE
  36. 36. TRYING TO DIVERT WATER
  37. 37. LOSS OF INFRASTRUCTURE HINDERED EMERGENCY RESPONSE
  38. 38. OVER 3.5 MILLION CHILDREN IMPACTED
  39. 39. COLLAPSED HOUSE
  40. 40. THESE LIVESTOCK WERE SAVED, BUT THOUSANDS DROWNED
  41. 41. PESHAWAR: MELONS BECAME PRECIOUS
  42. 42. CLINGING TO DEBRIS
  43. 43. NOWSHERA: SEEKING HIGHER GROUND
  44. 44. SEEKING HIGHER GROUND
  45. 45. SEEKING A SAFE HAVEN
  46. 46. THIS EVACUATION FROM CHARSADDA WAS DIFFICULT
  47. 47. EVACUATION WAS DIFFICULT EVERYWHERE
  48. 48. NOWSHERA: EVACUATION
  49. 49. NOWSHERA: EVACUATION TO A SAFE HAVEN
  50. 50. EVACUATE WITH WHAT CAN BE CARRIED
  51. 51. EVACUATE WITH WHAT CAN BE CARRIED
  52. 52. EVACUATE WITH WHAT CAN BE CARRIED
  53. 53. EVACUAE WITH WHAT CAN BE CARRIED
  54. 54. MUZAFFARABAD: INADEQUATE TEMPORARY SHELTER
  55. 55. INADEQUATE TEMPORARY SHELTER
  56. 56. ADEQUATE TEMPORARY SHELTER?
  57. 57. 30,000 Pakistani troops rescued 28,000 people using helicopters and other means, and distributed water and food.
  58. 58. WAITING FOR FOOD
  59. 59. NOWSHERA: PAKISTANI ARMY DISTRIBUTING WATER
  60. 60. FOOD LINE IN PUNJAB PROVINCE: AUGUST 20
  61. 61. FOOD LINE IN PUNJAB PROVINCE: AUGUST 20
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