August 31, 2011 – PAKISTAN – The death toll as a result of rain-triggered flash floods in the northwestern region of Pakistan has risen to at least 60, while three others remain missing, local officials said on Tuesday. The flash floods, triggered by heavy rainfall, hit the Kundian Valley in the Kohistan district of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Province on late Wednesday evening and early Thursday morning. Some 70 houses were destroyed while the flood waters also washed away livestock, property, and trees. The death toll was initially put at 33 on Friday but reached 60 on Tuesday after the bodies of more missing people were located. As of Tuesday, three people remained missing and are feared to have been killed. Pakistan’s armed forces has carried out relief operations in the region, shifting at least 150 people to safer areas and providing them with basic aid such as food, blankets, tents, and medicines. More rain is forecast to hit the region later this week. The affected area is a mountainous region which is difficult to access, but flooding and landslides have made the area almost completely inaccessible. It took several days before the rescue operation was well underway.
The death toll as a result of flooding in various parts of Thailand reached 54 on Tuesday, the government said. Most of the casualties are a result of Tropical Storm Nock-Ten. The remains of Nock-Ten, which is also known as Tropical Storm Juaning, made landfall in Thailand in late July, causing serious flooding and flash floods in parts of the country. Many regions remain flooded, both because of the storm and monsoon. On Tuesday, the Thai government said the death toll as a result of the flooding had risen to 54. In addition, some 1.13 million households or about 3.87 million people in 36 provinces have suffered from flash floods and mudslides caused by monsoon and Nock-Ten. Until now the waters have not yet receded in 11 provinces of central Sukhothai, Pichit, Pitsanulok, Nakhon-Sawan, Ayudhaya, Ang-Thong, Chainat and northeastern Udon-Thani and southern Phang-nga, Ranong and Suratthani, as reported by the Xinhua news agency. Several thousand square kilometers of farmland have been damaged by the floodwaters. A Thai cabinet meeting has agreed to pay farmers affected by flooding 2,222 baht per rai ($74 per 0.016 square kilometers). Meanwhile, the Meteorological Department on Tuesday morning issued a warning for people in the north and northeast to brace for heavy rain and possible flash floods over the next few days. –IWO