By Dan Wooding, Founder of the ASSIST News Service
PAKISTAN (ANS – August 1, 2015) – According to media reports, heavy monsoon rains, the rapid melting of snow and outbursts from glacial lakes have led to flash floods and the flooding of the Indus River in various locations across Pakistan.
The floods have affected 23 Districts across Pakistan with about 86 reported fatalities and many more people injured.
Chitral District in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and six Districts of Punjab province have been hit the hardest, with a high risk of floods in Sindh province in coming days.
The Pakistan Army and Government authorities are providing immediate response and they are issuing early warnings/alerts on weather and flood advisories to relevant disaster management authorities.
According to a story by Saqib Yaqub of Jesus My Shelter, a Pakistani Christian organization that is helping to bring aid to the flood victims and carried by Breaking Christian News (www.breakingchristiannews.com), “Once again massive floods have hit Pakistan, and so far 86 people have lost their lives in them. The swiftly rising water has already ravaged about 800 villages country wide.
“District Jhang is one of the districts of Pakistan that has been hit by a lot of flooding in the last five years. People were just beginning to rebuild their lives due to last years’ disasters, but this year’s flash flooding again hit them.
He went on to say that “Atthara Hazari”, a tehsil of Jhang; which is an administrative unit, comprised on a dozen union councils with 260-plus villages, is among the worst affected areas.
“Authorities have issued warnings [for people] to leave the entire areas before more flooding hits,” stated Saqib Yaqub. “Hundreds of families could not evacuate and were stranded in the flood waters. The Government is trying to rescue the people through helicopters and motor boats. The livestock remained the stranded and starving. (Due to stagnant water, various diseases have broken out. And still more dangerous flooding could hit in coming days.
“Today we saw a terrible thing, when two people barely saved their lives from flood waters by reaching a tree. There is an acute shortage of drinking water, food, medicines and hygiene kits that has been reported.”
Due to stagnant water, various diseases have broken out. And still more dangerous flooding could hit in coming days.
If you desire to help flood victims with drinking water, food, medicines and hygiene kits, please e-mail Jesusmyshelter@yahoo.com for more information.
Photo captions: 1) Escaping the floods (Photo via Jesus My Shelter). 2) Two men fleeing from the flooding. (Photo via Jesus My Shelter). 3) Dan Wooding.
About the writer: Dan Wooding, 74, is an award-winning author, broadcaster and journalist who was born in Nigeria of British missionary parents, and is now living in Southern California with his wife Norma, to whom he has been married for 52 years. They have two sons, Andrew and Peter, and six grandchildren who all live in the UK. He is the author of some 45 books and has radio and TV programs based in Orange County, California.
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