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/ Floods caused by the current torrential rains have affected close to 3
million people and damaged around 2.2 million acres of crops across the four
provinces — killing a total of 369 people so far.
According to initial estimates,
some 200,000 people are awaiting shelter and relief goods — weeks after
heavy flooding destroyed various districts across the country, officials
dealing with natural disasters told The Express Tribune on Tuesday.
“The estimated damages to
infrastructure and private and public property is around Rs250 billion in
all four provinces,” revealed a senior official associated with the
monitoring cell of the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA).
In comparison, the 2010 floods had
damaged crops and other infrastructure amounting over Rs800 billion. /
/ 15 provinces hit by floods
Fifteen provinces have been hit by
floods, affecting more than 210,000 people, Disaster Prevention and
Mitigation Department chief Wibul Sanguanpong said on Wednesday. Mr Wibul
said there is flooding iin 1,526 villages in 48 districts of the 15
provinces, affecting 214,550 people. The 15 provinces are Tak, Sukhothai,
Phitsanulok, Phichit, Nakhon Sawan, Chai Nat, Ang Thong, Ayutthaya, Suphan
Buri, Prachin Buri, Sa Kaeo, Nakhon Pathom, Chon Buri, Chachoengsao and
Chaiyaphum. Today, the country's major dams are holding altogether 47,589
million cubic metres of water, about 68% of capacity. At this time last
year, these dams held a total of 59,549 million cubic metres of water. About
379.21 million cubic metres of water is flowing daily into these dams, which
are releasing a total of 97.49 million cubic metres of water per day. /
/ Flash floods hit Cambodia's NW province, affecting about 3,000 families.
About 3,000 families in Cambodia's Banteay Meanchey province bordering with
Thailand have been suffering from floodwaters and local authorities have
been advised to be on high alert to respond to the disaster, a senior
government official said Wednesday. "About 700 families who are severely
affected by the flooding have been evacuated to higher ground," the first
Vice-President of the National Committee for Disaster Management (NCDM),
Nhim Vanda told Xinhua over telephone. "They are all safe, there is no
report of death so far," he said. "Local authorities and Cambodian Red Cross
volunteers are on high alert to rescue people in case of more flooding."
Vanda said that the flooding has been caused by torrential rains in recent
weeks both in Cambodia and in Thailand. /
Floods have left 369 dead, nearly 3m affected
“Over 369 people have lost their lives and 1,168 have been injured during
the current floods,” initial estimates prepared by the NDMA stated.
Nearly 2 million acres of crops have been destroyed in all four provinces as
well as Azad Kashmir (AJK) and Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B), with Sindh appearing
to be the worst-hit province.
Over 12,559 cattle in total have perished and the current flash floods have
forced over 600,000 people to take shelter in relief camps.
In Sindh, a total of 1.6 million people have been affected and 0.8 million
acres of crops have been partially or completely damaged. Around 138 persons
have died so far, 600 injured, 0.25 million houses damaged, over 0.3 million
acres lands affected and 7,000 cattle perished.
In Balochistan, nearly 80 people have died, 170 injured and 0.2 million
houses completely destroyed leaving most of the affected households without
shelter. The NDMA, however, is yet to assess the damages of crops and land
in the province. Heavy rains have also damaged 40,000 houses, killing 5,056
cattle across the province and the Shahi canals system – a system to water
crops in Nasirabad and Jaffarabad – has been destroyed.
Punjab and others
In Punjab, the floods have affected 0.6 million acres out the total 1.14
million acres of crops in various districts and 65 people have so far lost
their lives. Nearly 320 have been injured, 503 cattle have perished, 25,453
houses washed away and over one million people affected in floods.
In Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) 46 people have lost their lives, 56 injured, and
6,000 houses damaged.
Around 36 people have died in AJK, 40 injured, 2,500 houses damaged.
Five people have lost their lives in the federal capital as well. However,
assessment regarding damages of cattle, crops and land is still going on in
Meanwhile, Balochistan has again complained to PM Raja Pervaiz Ashraf on
Tuesday after not receiving any relief package from Islamabad despite
“We have repeatedly urged Prime Minister Ashraf to declare all flood-hit
districts of the province “calamity-hit” but he never listened to me,” said
Federal Minister for Science and Technology Mir Chengez Khan Jamali.
“Today (Tuesday) I called him (Premier Ashraf). He promised to visit
Balochistan on Saturday or Sunday to express solidarity with the flood
victims,” he said.
Jamali once again appealed to the UN to contribute relief goods for flood
victims in areas like Killa Saifullah, Dera Allah Yar Khan, Dera Murad
Jamali and Dera Bugti — the worst-affected areas of the current monsoon
Timo Pakkala, who is the UN’s resident coordinator in Pakistan, told The
Express Tribune that the government has indicated that they have sufficient
resources and would not require international assistance. “We, however, are
undertaking an initial rapid assessment with the government in the affected
areas to get a better picture.”
15 provinces hit by floods
Bhumibol and Sirikit dams are now holding 7,532 and 6,081 million cubic
metres of water, or 56% and 64% of their capacity respectively. Today, the
two dams are releasing a total of 2.42 million cubic metres of water.
Water in the Chao Phraya River is flowing at 1,748 cubic metres per second
through Nakhon Sawan, 1,646 cubic metres per second through the Chao Phraya
dam in Chai Nat, and 233 cubic metres per second through Phra Ram 6 dam in
If the volume of water running through Chao Phraya dam exceeds 2,500 cubic
metres per second, Sapphaya district of Chai Nat and areas on both sides of
the Chao Phraya River banks in Sing Buri, Ang Thong, Ayutthaya, as well as
Bangkok and surrounding provinces would flood, Mr Wibul said.
2012 vs 2010
Already by the rising floodwaters of the Rio de la Plata
Sectors Spa Punta Lara, in the district of Ensenada, in Tigre and Quilmes
coast were flooded and local firefighters carrying out an operation to
Many sections of the coastal avenue impassable in Punta Lara and Quilmes
because of the high water river waves hitting the seawall, amid sudestada
alert due to strong winds issued by the National Weather Service. For 20
hours is expected peak flood.
The height of the Río de la Plata in the area reaches to 2.40 meters when
the normal height is 80 centimeters to one meter and the water rose 200
meters above the town area.
Meanwhile, the National Weather Service forecast worsening of the intensity
of the winds that could reach speeds between 60 and 90 mph, with higher
gusts, a situation that will continue until tomorrow afternoon with the
removal of the current low pressure system.
The Civil Defense director Berisso, Pablo Acosta, said the alert continues
the swollen River Plate and predicted that tonight could reach a peak of
The operation "is underway, and we have the boats ready to go out and
firefighters prepared" for any emergency, he said.
Alert and floods in the coastal zone by sudestada
A powerful sudestada yesterday struck the city of Buenos Aires and the
southern and northern suburbs, causing heavy flooding in the Rio de la Plata
and the direct impact on the coastal areas of La Plata, Quilmes, Bernal,
Ensenada, Tigre and Vicente Lopez. While alert sudestada already ceased, the
National Weather Service (NWS) maintains a strong winds alert for Capital,
the Rio de la Plata, Buenos Aires and Entre Rios. Meanwhile, the Naval
Hydrographic Service reported that afternoon the River Plate was 1.80 meters
above its usual height. The peak of the flood occurred last night.
While in the Coastal River waves beating down, the SMN early yesterday
launched several high winds alerts for the City, the Rio de la Plata, north
of Buenos Aires, the center and southeast of Cordoba, Entre Rios, and the
center and south of Santa Fe "The deepening low pressure system will affect
the coverage area with winds from the southeast, south gradually rotating at
speeds of 40 to 70 mph with gusts" he said. To the river and coastal areas,
according to the SMN winds expected up to 85 kilometers per hour. "The speed
of the winds begin to decline from late Wednesday, with the displacement of
low-pressure system to the southeast," he predicted.
A low pressure system is a region where there has been a rise in hot and
humid air from the spiral surface of the Earth. In these regions there are
usually clouds and winds. Like in his rise hot air cools the clouds, they
thicken and rain often occur. If the pressure is too low, the wind can
become storm or hurricane.
Strong southeasterly winds caused the flooding of the Rio de la Plata,
before which the Naval Hydrographic Service issued another alert, saying
that the river was 1.80 meters on the values
the tide table and, for the first few hours on Wednesday, could overcome at
2.30 meters. Last night, past the 23 the height of the river in the City
reached 3 meters, while in La Plata and Quilmes came to 2.90 meters and,
somewhat later, in San Fernando and Tigre maximum flood occurred in March,
Tiger was one of the worst affected districts, especially in downtown areas,
Villa cream, Talar de Pacheco, and Milberg Corner Tiger Hospital. There was
standing water in about 60 of the 1,600 blocks of the district and about 30
streets were flooded, including Lavalle, bordering the river.
In Vicente Lopez, the city closed in the area beneath the streets Melo,
Villate, Alberdi Malaver and because they were impassable. "In many blocks
cut by prevention, we plan on alert to see what happens during the night,
when would be the peak," said Martin Gasulla, director of Civil Defense. One
of the hardest hit areas was the port of Olives, where water containment
exceeded the railings and reached the coastal restaurants.
In the south, the streets of the waterfront of Quilmes also ended covered
with water and several families chose autoevacuarse. During the afternoon,
the water level dropped, but there was a new peak at night. "We will
continue to bet and working across the waterfront, as we have done from
early on," the director of Civil Defense of Quilmes, Nestor Guglielmino.
There were problems in several areas of Punta Lara, in the district of
Ensenada, where the water rose 200 meters above the sea and several sections
of the Costanera Avenue were impassable. There, the River Plate reached 2.40
meters flood when the normal height between 0.80 and meter.
Coast Guard launched an action plan to assist and evacuate coastal
residents, if the river continues to grow. Also decreed alert for the area
Rio de la Plata and Quilmes prefectures and Dock Sud expected for the dawn
of the flood peaks and also the strongest winds.
The SMN had planned rain but the big problem last night the winds were
still. Just today, as predicted, would change from strong to moderate, as
they were moving the center of low pressure and, with it, the dangerous
Flash floods hit Cambodia's NW province, affecting about 3,000 families
The flash floods have also affected some 500 hectares of rice paddy and
1,200 hectares of cassava crops in the province.
The Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology on Monday warned of heavy
rains throughout this week and said some 13 provinces out of the country's
24 cities and provinces could suffer from flash floods.
Possible flood-hit provinces are Oddar Meanchey, Preah Vihear, Banteay
Meanchey, Battambang, Pursat, Kampong Chhnang, Siem Reap, Kampong Thom,
Kampong Speu, Takeo, Kandal, Prey Veng and Kampot.
Floods usually hit Cambodia between August and October. Last year, the
floods killed at least 250 Cambodian people and affected some 1.4 million
people in the country, according to the NCDM.
Moreover, nearly 3,000 km of gravel roads and some 180 km of national roads
had been damaged.
The last year's floods cost the country about $521 million.