Continued rains and high water levels caused eroding in low-lying areas, affecting arable land, crops, and forests. Flooding and erosion along the Chitral River caused significant damage. In Reshun village, CERT volunteers, boy scouts and local communities safely evacuated 17 affected families, have established a tent village for them and are constructing safe washroom facilities.
Our Disaster Assessment and Response Teams have assessed damage in the hardest hit villages and shared details about damaged houses with district authorities to inform the recovery efforts. The Chief Minister of Gilgit Baltistan and his cabinet team visited Sherqilla and were briefed on response and relief work by our field team.
The authorities have noted that AKAH’s prompt response has helped save many lives. Captain Tayyab Sami Khan, the District Commissioner of Ghizer, said: “The flood emergency in Ghizer District was huge and it was not possible to handle without teamwork. In such a situation, AKAH was a big helping hand for us. We highly appreciate the immediate response that CERT has provided and above all, the availability of more than 450 tents in the community stockpile is a great act of disaster preparedness at village level.”
In the south of the country, torrential rains caused flooding and widespread damage. Heeding weather warnings, our regional office in Karachi prepositioned water pumps at strategic locations and disseminated weather alerts to the local community. CERTs and local volunteers pumped water out of flooded residential and community buildings and coordinated relief efforts, working with the city government.
This year, extreme monsoon weather and disasters have been particularly intense. Pakistan experienced monsoon rainfall more than 87 percent above normal and 16 glacial lake floods compared to an annual average of five or six.
As we strengthen our community-based disaster management and response activities across the country, we are also intensifying efforts to support longer-term adaptation strategies and expand measures to mitigate future climate change. We are expanding nature-based solutions to promote climate-smart development pathways, including constructing greener water and sanitation infrastructure and planting millions of trees together with the Government of Gilgit-Baltistan to mitigate natural hazard risk. We are also working with the National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST) to develop sustainable habitat plans for disaster-prone valleys in northern Pakistan.