India/ Pakistan: Heavy monsoon rains leave at least 82 dead in Punjab, Kashmir, KPK. More rain forecast – Published 050914 1010z (UTC)

At least forty (G: 82 over Punjab and Azad Kashmir) people died in separate incidents of roof collapse, land sliding and electrocution followed by heavy downpour in Punjab on Thursday.

Heavy rains lashed Lahore where six members of a family lost their lives in a roof collapse, including an infant. In another incident of roof collapse in Government Officers Residence (GOR) Colony, two people died. Separately, a man died after getting electric shocks in Johar Town.

Several deaths were also reported from Sialkot, Faisalabad and Gujranwala. According to rescue sources, a woman and two children died when a house’s wall collapsed on them in Sialkot. Two more deaths were also reported from Faisalabad, while in Monki area of Gujranwala, a child died and two other persons were injured in a roof collapse.

The government of Punjab has declared emergency in the rain-hit areas and launched full-scale rescue operations. Sialkot DCO Nadeem Sarwar said on Thursday that a high wave of flood will pass through the River Chenab midnight Thursday. He said residents of villages adjoining the river had already been evacuated and shifted to safer places.

Talking to APP, he said as many as 33 relief centres had been established in the Sialkot District in addition to medical centres with sufficient medicines.

The Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) has warned all the authorities concerned to take necessary precautionary measures during the expected rains between Thursday and Friday. According to the officials of PDMA thunderstorm with isolated heavy rain at a few places is expected in Hazara, Malakand, Peshawar, Mardan and Kohat division. There is a chance of flash flooding in local nullahs and streams.

At least forty people, including women and children, died and 30 sustained injuries in different incidents of roof collapses in various districts of Punjab during current torrential rains. According to a Rescue 1122 spokesman around 13 people, including three women, succumbed to injuries when roofs of different homes caved in different localities of the provincial capital. As per reports, the roof of a double storeyed building caved in near Chah Miran area; Dhobi Ghaat, which resulted in the instant death of six people, including three women.
Similarly, the roof of a house collapsed in GOR-2. Resultantly, two people got stuck under the debris. The rescue service responded to the incident and extricated the victims’ dead bodies. A man died after he suffered an electric shock in Johar Town and another man also died due to a roof collapse. According to reports, three people died when the roof of a house caved in at Thokar Niaz Baig, whereas one man died in a house near Samanabad Roundabout.

Meanwhile, one person died and six sustained multiple injuries in two incidents of roof collapses in Faisalabad; four died and two were injured in Gujranwala due to a roof collapse. Another five people died and two sustained multiple injuries due after receiving electric shock in Sialkot district. Moreover, one person died and two were injured in Chundowal village, whereas one died and 10 sustained multiple injuries in roof collapses in Okara and Kasur.

The rescuers, who responded to the incidents in Punjab, ascertained that mostly dilapidated buildings with poor bases were to blame for the roof collapses. Expressing his concerns, Punjab Rescue DG Dr Rizwan Naseer advised citizens to remove debris and extra weight from the rooftops of the houses and strengthen their bases by putting sand and mud around the walls to avoid collapses. He said the citizens should remove electric wires or cover them properly to avoid electric shocks in monsoon season.

The overnight downpour submerged low-lying areas of Lahore, including Wasanpura, Garhi Shahu, Garden Town, Ferozepur Road, Mall Road, Gulberg and Iqbal Town. Rain emergency has been declared in the province and local administration has been put on high alert to kick off rescue efforts and prevent rain-related casualties.

The Pakistan Meteorological Department has warned that all rivers in Punjab would likely be in “very high” to “exceptionally high” flood from Sept 5 to 7 because of expected intensification of the current spell of fairly widespread rains.

Friday, 05 September, 2014 at 04:39 (04:39 AM) UTC RSOE

Other Reports

“LAHORE/RAWALPINDI:

Death toll from heavy monsoon rains mounted to 82 as torrential downpour continued to batter Punjab and Azad Kashmir, SAMAA reported Friday.

In Punjab, reports said, the death from rain-related incidents reached 60.

Most of the deaths were caused by roof collapses in buildings as rains crippled civic life in the city.

Hundreds of acres of agriculture land inundated in Punjab as dozens of villages were cut off due to rainwater.

In Azad Kashmir, at least 18 people were reported killed. Four people were killed in Haripur district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

More Rain Likely

Authorities warned that more intense rainfall and flash floods could cause flooding in major rivers.

Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) has forecast more rain during next 12 hours in Punjab, Azad Kashmir and parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, adding that the rain may continue till Sunday.

PMD said if the rains continued for two days, the high flooding in rivers may inundate vast swatches of land in Punjab.

National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) has kicked off rescue and relief operations.

High Flood

Due to flash flooding in Kashmir region, the rivers Jhelum and Neelum are close to overflowing in some places, officials said.

Reports said a high flood level is being witnessed in River Chenab at Marala Headworks.

Authorities in Sialkot and Narowal areas have issued flood warnings in various areas of Punjab and evacuated local people from villages.

Pak Army has also been called in to assist local administration.

Pakistan has suffered deadly monsoon floods for at least the last four years — in 2013, 178 people were killed and around 1.5 million affected by flooding around the country.

The floods of 2010 were the worst in Pakistan’s history, with 1,800 people killed and 21 million affected in what became a major humanitarian crisis. SAMAA/AFP” – http://www.samaa.tv

J-K: Bus washed away by floods, 50 feared dead

HT Correspondents, Hindustan Times Jammu/Srinagar, September 04, 2014

First Published: 15:02 IST(4/9/2014) | Last Updated: 11:02 IST(5/9/2014)

“At least fifty people were feared dead on Thursday after a bus carrying a wedding party was washed away by flash floods inJammu and Kashmirs Rajouri district, even as 20 other flood-related deaths were reported from other parts of the state.

Three days of heavy rain left rivers in the state flowing above the danger mark and triggered landslides in several places, forcing key highway stretches to close for traffic. More rainfall is likely for at least the next two days, the meteorological department warned.

On Thursday afternoon, the bus — filled to its capacity of 52, including the bride and groom was on its way to Lam, around 120 km from Jammu city, when it was hit by surging waters of the Gambhir river. Only three people survived the accident.

Rescue operations were severely hampered by heavy rainfall, said Rajouri senior superintendent of police Mubassir Latifi.

The state capital of Srinagar also braced for major floods with the Jhelum, Kashmirs main river, flowing more than seven feet above the danger mark.

Vast swathes of Srinagar remain inundated, with water levels just a few feet shy of breaching Lal Chowk, the citys commercial hub.

With water level rising by the hour, locals complained of administrative apathy. Our colony has been under water since 2am Thursday but no help arrived till morning. Only two boats, with a capacity of four, were made available by the administration, even though hundreds of people are stranded, said Mushtaq Ali, a resident of Hamdania colony in Srinagars Bemina area.

Torrential rainfall forced the Vaishno Devi pilgrimage to be suspended on Thursday after three people were injured in landslides triggered by heavy showers.

The 300-km-long Jammu-Srinagar national highway also closed for traffic after two landslides in the Ramban district left hundreds of vehicles stranded.

South Kashmirs Anantnag and Kulgam districts are among the worst hit, with at least 50 villages under water and more than 1500 people marooned. On Thursday, the government dispatched 50 boats to the region that evacuated hundreds of people trapped by floodwater. A number of bridges have also collapsed in south and central Kashmir, cutting off several hamlets.

People living along the banks of Jhelum and embankments of other water bodies have been asked to move to safer areas immediately, said Kashmir divisional commissioner.

Amid complaints that the administration was slow in responding to the crisis, chief minister Omar Abdullah conducted an aerial survey of flood-affected districts on Thursday, directing officials to take all necessary measures to safeguard lives of people affected by the deluge.

The government has asked the air force to keep a rescue plan ready, and around 500,000 sand bags have been kept available, said a spokesperson. The cabinet has also approved Rs. 10 crore for rescue work.

All schools and colleges are closed in the state till Sunday. Kashmir University has postponed its examination.” – Hindustan Times

 

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Bulgaria: About 12 -16 killed (reports vary), several missing after torrential rain and heavy floods hit Varna – Published 200614 1752z

Torrential rains and floods hit Bulgaria on Thursday, killing at least 10 people, cutting off electricity, blocking roads and sparking evacuations, officials said.

Heavy rainfall in the Black Sea resort city of Varna triggered a flood wave late on Thursday in one of its low-laying suburbs that killed at least 10 people, the mayor of Varna told the national radio.

TV footage showed smashed cars on top of each other on the streets of the suburb, where a state of emergency was declared.

“The tragedy is enormous. I am here on a street in the suburb of Aspruhovo. The street is not here, the houses are not here, there are cars on top of each other,” Varna mayor Ivan Portnih said. Electricity in the suburb was cut off, the mayor said. In central Bulgaria, firefighters evacuated 11 people from the top of their houses in the town of Kilifarevo, police said. Thunderstorms and heavy rains flooded roads and damaged houses in several villages near the capital.

Weather forecasters said the rains that fell in the eastern regions of Varna and Burgas in the past 24 hours equalled the usual amount per month and warned new rainfall and thunderstorms were expected in northern and eastern Bulgaria on Friday.

Friday, 20 June, 2014 at 03:14 (03:14 AM) UTC RSOE

Weather warnings: Bulgaria
Предупреждения за опасни явления: България

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“Victims of flood in “Asparuhovo” so far 14.

Source: News.Varna24.bg 14:12 / 06.20.2014

10 are confirmed dead in the city, but may be much more. Three missing. Six people were hospitalized, one of which is a woman in labor.

This morning I got up and two victims in Dobrich. A noon bTV reported another died.

On Wednesday it was reported a man who died as a result of heavy rains in Dimitrovgrad.

There is still no official information on what exactly are the victims of the flood in “Asparuhovo” in Varna. According to different data, the number varies between 10 and 12. Smaller number officially reported at 6.50 pm on Friday, Interior Minister Tsvetlin Iovchev. He added that two of the victims are children. Television correspondent in the city reported 12 dead. According to Mayor Ivan Portnih number is 11.

Divers in “Asparuhovo” continue to look for injured people. The latest victim was removed from her home at 3 am in the morning.” – Source: News.Varna24.bg 14:12 / 06.20.2014

Here’s how you can help the needy and how you can get involved as a volunteer

Source: News.Varna24.bg 18:37 / 06.20.2014

“In connection with the dozens of inquiries from citizens regarding their desire to provide immediate assistance to victims of disaster Asparuhovo of the city of Varna Municipality made the following clarifications:

1. Needed humanitarian materials:

– Fixed food – canned beans, cooking oil, biscuits, cookies, packaged products that do not require refrigeration;

– Sanitation – toilet paper, diapers, wipes, disinfectants;

2. Needed physical assistance:

Regarding the need for clearing hundreds of tons of waste and alluvial materials, tomorrow, 21 June 2014. in the yard of the Red Cross – Varna, “Brothers Shkorpil” № 3 is scheduled meeting for anyone interested in volunteering to help in the disaster area.

Let’s all be volunteers with clothing, such as preference will be if participants bring their action boots and shovels. For those who do not have proper equipment, sponsors of the organization provided 300 sets of boots and shovels, so any help would be welcome. Besides the streets voluntary mass will be concentrated in flooded homes.

After the briefing has organized transport from Varna to BRC Asparuhovo area, but the advantage would be if volunteers come with their own transport.

At the afternoon session of the Crisis Staff in District Administration – Varna was decided to build an entrance and focal point to the district administration Asparuhovo. The point will be on duty around the clock, volunteers and representatives of the Red Cross, which will guide the victims to the accommodation and medical professionals for assistance. Site will be distributed directly and humanitarian aid.

All supplies for crisis point will be transferred to a transport column that starts in 18.45ch. of the Red Cross building – Varna, “Brothers Shkorpil” 3.”

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Hours after tragedy struck in Varna, NGOs Bulgaria’s Red Cross (BRC) and volunteers organised donation campaigns and volunteer teams to aid the flood victims in Asparuhovo.

There are two official donation campaigns – one of BRC and one of the Bulgarian Donations Forum and Nova TV national channel.

The Red Cross activated the donations hotline 1466 – by sending a blank text to the number, people can donate BGN 1 for the flood victims. The organisation also opened a bank account for those who wish to make larger donations:
UNICREDIT BULBANK
BG64UNCR76301078660913
UNCRBGSF(For the flood victims in Bulgaria)

The other donations campaign opened the 17777 hotline. Those, willing to donate BGN 1, must send a text message with the following content: DMS Varna. According to reports, the hotline is overloaded and confirmation texts are being sent back with a big delay.

Part of the donations will also be sent to Dobrich, parts of which are also flooded.

Volunteers from Varna and Sofia are organising themselves through Facebook to collect aid and send in teams to help the cleaning operations in Asparuhovo. The hashtags for the operation are: #‎варна‬, #helpvarna, #supportvarna. The main rally point for volunteers in Varna is in front of the Cathedral.

Most needed are water pumps. Volunteers are advised to have warm clothes, gloves, raincoats, shovels and rubber boots.

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Deadly deluge in Bulgaria kill 16

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Bulgaria floods cause chaos killing at least 12 – BBC News

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Deadly Floods in Eastern Bulgaria, At least 10 killed in port city of Varna

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