As of Thursday, September 3, flooding in Pakistan's northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province has killed at least 48 people and injured 67 others. Damage to buildings and infrastructure has also reported, with roads closed and more than 100 houses damaged. The worst affected areas were the districts of Swat, Buner, Shangla, Upper Kohistan, and Chitral. Relief efforts are underway, with some roads in affected areas reopening and aid being delivered to the districts.
Recent monsoon rains and associated flooding have caused disruption and casualties throughout Pakistan over the previous weeks. Over 200 deaths have been reported, with more than 1500 homes damaged. Troops have been deployed in affected areas of the country to assist residents.
Disruption to transportation, business, and utilities is to be expected in affected areas over the near term.
Pakistan's monsoon season from July through September regularly brings heavy rains, which at times can completely flood the Indus River Basin which runs roughly north to south through the country. Such flooding can prove catastrophic, resulting in casualties numbering in the thousands. In general, the country has yet to adequately address the monsoon flooding issue, and national flooding disasters remain common. These events, in addition to high death tolls, can also wipe out major infrastructure and render the country's vital road network impassable. More mountainous areas can experience severe landslides, which have a similar consequence for road networks there.
Those in affected areas are advised to monitor local weather reports, anticipate transportation disruptions, avoid areas directly affected by flooding, confirm road conditions before setting out, and adhere to instructions issued by local authorities, including evacuation orders. Avoid walking or driving through floodwaters.
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