Eight killed in South Waziristan flash floods



Staff Report

South Waziristan

As many as 8 wedding guests including 6 women and 2 children have died as the car carrying them  was  swept away in flash flood in Toi Khullah Tehsil at South Waziristan.

According to district administration officials, a vehicle heading to a wedding party was travelling from Wana to Zarmilan. It drowned, taking its occupants with it, when it was caught in the flash flood.

As per the officials, six children remain missing and a search operation is underway to find them.

The bodies of the deceased have been recovered from the flood water. Pakistan Army and district administration officials are continuing a search for the missing individuals.

DC Noman Afzal Afridi has said searching of missing children is underway.

On the other hand local sources have said that operation is highly slow paced for want of facilities and locals are searching the children on self-help basis.

In 2017, at least six people were killed and several houses were damaged after flash floods triggered by heavy rains swamped North and South Waziristan tribal agencies.

Global warming is expected to unleash more rain, exposing millions of more people to river flooding particularly in the United States and parts of Asia, Africa and central Europe.

A study in the journal Science Advances calculated how much more flood protection will be needed to keep the risks of high-end floods constant in the next 25 years.

Asia – the continent with the largest historical high-end flood risk – would get hit the hardest, with the number of people affected by river flooding projected to go from 70 to 156 million by 2040, said a report.

Pakistan “will observe almost a doubling in high-end flood risk,” with 11 million people at risk of floods unless protective measures are taken by 2040.