Pakistan, Flood News : According to National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), the volume of rainfall had rendered contingency plans useless.
“We had made a contingency plan, identifying vulnerable populations along the banks of rivers and torrents, but rains with unexpected density wreaked havoc on the hilly areas beyond our imaginations,” an NDMA official said.
Qureshi said so far 64 deaths had been reported, 29 of them from the Haveli district that straddles the Line of Control (LoC) separating disputed Kashmir between India and Pakistan.
“The amount of rainfall in a day was a staggering 400 millimetres in Haveli which had no parallel in the past 50 years,” he said, adding that his organization was badly in need of more resources.
The official, who requested anonymity, said their response to the disaster would have been far better had they been given accurate weather predictions.
“We were all caught off guard because there was not a single warning issued by the weather office. The flash floods took us by surprise,” he said.
On the other hand Pakistan’s Met office says, they had foretold the government about the expected volume of the rainfall.
“A report regarding an unusually severe monsoon season was lodged with the government in July, but the concerned authorities soft-pedalled it”, an official told Samaa.
Meanwhile, a massive rescue operation led by the military was under way across Pakistan.
Soldiers rescued families using boats and airlifting them from rooftops by helicopter after the rivers breached embankments, but many more remained stranded. Agencies