A week of heavy flooding leaves 27 people dead in India and Pakistan


Heavy rainfall has lashed several states across the northern and eastern India and Pakistan, in the last couple of days, causing floods and landslides. At least 19 people were reported dead by July 13, 2015, in northern India, and 8 in Pakistan.

The River Kabul at Nowshera, the Indus at Chashma and the River Chenab at Qadirabad have been reported at "medium flood level", according to Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD).

According to Floodlist report, flash floods in Pakistan, caused by seasonal monsoon rainfall, left 8 people dead in the area of Rawalpindi, on Tuesday, July 7, 2015.

14 villages in the Sundergarh and Jharsuguda districts in Odisha were flooded on Saturday, July 11, 2015, according to Odisha Deputy Special Relief Commissioner (DSRC) Pravat Ranjan Mohapatra. A house collapse incident in Uttar Pradesh left 7 people dead, while 3 more died in a landslide that occurred in the Kashmir region.

World Meteorological Organization (WMO) reported 82 mm (3.22 inches) of rain, in a 24 hour period between 11th and 12th of July, fell in Bareilly in Uttar Pradesh.

121 mm (4.76 inches) was recorded in Dehradun, Uttarakhand, between July 10 and 11, and 117 mm (4.6 inches) of rainfall was measured in Patiala, Punjab, between July 12 and 13.

Delhi received 147.8 mm (5.81 inches) of rainfall by Saturday, July 11, which is the highest in this season.

72-hr rainfall accumulation as observed by GPM Core Observatory. Image credit: Google / NASA/JAXA GPM.

India’s National Disaster Management Agency (NDMA) issued a warning that more heavy rainfall is expected across the northern, eastern and western India, in the coming days, until July 17:

“Heavy to very heavy rainfall would occur at  isolated places over Coastal Karnataka. Heavy rainfall would occur at isolated places over Uttarakhand, Sub­Himalayan West Bengal & Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam & Meghalaya, South Interior Karnataka and Kerala”.

Featured image: Flood in India, Kashmir region, July 13, 2015. Image credit: @vishwagujarat


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