ISLAMABAD/LONDON    -  The monster monsoon floods across the coun­try on Friday continued claiming more lives and inflicting losses to prop­erty as the total death count in various inci­dents reached 1,208 with 19 more deaths in past 24 hours and 1,256 individuals got injured since the onset of the rainy sea­son. More than one third of Pa­kistan is underwater, according to satellite images from the Eu­ropean Space Agency (ESA), as deadly floodwaters threaten to create secondary disasters.

The new satellite images tak­en by the European Space Agen­cy (ESA) show that a third of Pa­kistan is now under water. The European Space Agency (ESA) released stark images based on data captured by its Copernicus satellite. The images appear to confirm the Pakistani govern­ment`s assessment that more than a third of the country, an area roughly the size of the UK has been submerged by mon­soon rainfall, estimated to have been 10 times more severe than usual, the report said.

“The Indus River has over­flowed, effectively creating a long lake, tens of kilometres wide,” ESA said in a statement. The floods have claimed more than more than 1,200 lives, in­cluding 399 children, destroyed more than a million homes and swept away crops, livestock and major infrastructures such as roads and bridges.

Food is in short supply after water covered millions of acres of crops and wiped out hun­dreds of thousands of livestock. Meanwhile, aid agencies have warned of an uptick in infec­tious diseases, leaving millions vulnerable to illness caused by what the United Nations has called a “monsoon on steroids.” 

The National Disaster Man­agement Authority (NDMA) Fri­day issued a 24-hour situation report released on routine ba­sis that accounted overall life, property, and infrastructure losses incurred by the heavy rains lashing out various parts of the country.

The maximum deaths were re­corded in Sindh where 12 peo­ple died alongwith nine injured including a man and female died in Sanghar, two women and three children in Shaheed Bena­zirabad, two children drowned in stagnant water in Tando Al­lahyar, two children drowned in flood water in Dadu, one child died in Naushahro Feroze.

The heavy rains and flash floods caused deaths of three women and injured two chil­dren of Balochistan whereas further details were to follow.

In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, four people perished due to house collapse in various districts in­cluding a man and a woman in Lower Dir, a man in Chitral, and a man in South Waziristan.

However, two people were re­ported as injured including two men in Lower Dir due to house collapse.

In Balochistan, three routes were blocked due to landslides and high flow of water including the M-8: (100–140 km) as land sliding occurred in 24 Km Long section of Wangu hills, N-65 Pinjra Bridge (Bolan River) 45 meter span washed out by flash floods and N-35 blocked at 3 lo­cations KM 288 (Zaid Khar Nal­la) Upper Kohisitan.

In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, two connectivity routes were blocked including N-95: (Mady­an) blocked at Behrain - Laikot (27 km) and Laikot – Kalam (8km), N-50 was open for traffic except breached section of Sagu bridge whereas preparation of approaches on both sides of Sagu bridge was in process. 

The railway tracks blocked in Balochistan include Quetta to Taftan, Balochistan – Sindh’s Quetta to Sibbi to Habibkot, in Punjab- Sindh Hyderabad to Rohri to Multan and in Sindh Kotri to Lakhi Shah to Dadu were submerged underwater. 

‘MEDIUM, HIGH LEVEL FLOOD’

The Flood Forecasting Divi­sion has predicted medium to high level flooding in River In­dus (downstream Taunsa) from September 4-6 due to expected heavy rainfall in the catchment areas. According to daily Fed­eral Flood Commission report on Friday, at present, River In­dus was flowing in “high flood” in Guddu-Sukkur Reaches and in “medium flood” at Taunsa & Kotri. Flood flows in River Ka­bul (a tributary of River Indus) at Nowshera have receded con­siderably where it was flowing in “low flood”.

Other main Rivers of Indus River System i.e Jhelum, Chen­ab, Ravi & Sutlej continues to flow with Normal discharges.

Present combined live stor­age of Tarbela, Chashma & Man­gla Reservoirs is 9.646 MAF (i.e. 71.646 % of 13.461 MAF. Weak seasonal low continues to pre­vail over Northeastern Baloch­istan and adjoining areas while weak moist currents from Ara­bian Sea are penetrating into up­per parts of Pakistan upto 3000 feet during the next 24 hour. 

For the ensuing 24 hours, FFD, Lahore has predicted mainly dry weather over most parts of the country, however has also predicted isolated thunder­storm/rain over upper catch­ments of all the major rivers of Indus River System.

‘RESCUE OPERATIONS’ 

Pakistan Army Aviation during flood relief efforts flew 200 helicopter sorties in var­ious areas of the country to evacuate stranded people and also transport rations and med­icines. According to a press re­lease, ISPR said during past 24 hours, some 1,991 stranded in­dividuals were evacuated and 162.6 tonnes of relief items were delivered to flood affected people. So far, over 50,000 in­dividuals were shifted to safer locations from calamity hit ar­eas. However, some 147 relief camps were functional round the clock in flood affected ar­eas of Sindh, Southern Pun­jab, Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Over 60,000 pa­tients were treated and provid­ed 3-5 days’ free medicine so far whereas 221 flood relief items collection points were estab­lished across the country.

Moreover, more than 1,350 tonnes of food, medicines and other sustenance items were also collected.

‘THREE MILLION CHILDREN AT RISK’

More than three million chil­dren are in need of humanitar­ian assistance and at increased risk of waterborne diseas­es, drowning and malnutrition due to the most severe flood­ing in Pakistan’s recent history, UNICEF warned on Friday.

UNICEF is working with gov­ernment and non-government partners to respond to the ur­gent needs of children and fam­ilies in affected areas, said a news release issued here. 

Some 33 million people - in­cluding approximately 16 mil­lion children - have been af­fected by this year’s heavy monsoon rains in Pakistan, which have brought devastat­ing rains, floods and landslides. Over 1,100 people including over 350 children have lost their lives, and a further 1,600 have been injured.

Over 287,000 houses have been fully, and 662,000 partial­ly, destroyed. Some major riv­ers have breached their banks and dams overflowed, destroy­ing homes, farms and critical infrastructure including roads, bridges, schools, hospitals and public health facilities. 

“When disasters hit, children are always among the most vul­nerable,” said Abdullah Fadil, UNICEF Representative in Paki­stan. “These floods have already taken a devastating toll on chil­dren and families, and the situa­tion could become even worse