Pakistan and India Face Worst Flooding in 50 Years; Developing Cyclone Approaches Philippines
Severe Flooding Leaves Over 1 Million without Basic Services
Monsoon season continues to bring torrential rain and flooding across northern India and northeastern Pakistan. Severe flooding in Jammu and Kashmir has been deemed the “worst in 50 years,” heavily affecting ten districts and leaving more (as of September 8) unreachable (IFRC/ReliefWeb). More than 1 million people have been cut off from basic services and 220 have been reported dead (as of September 11) (ECHO Daily Flash 11 September 2014).
Since the flooding began in early September, reports indicate that 2,000 villages in northern Pakistan have been affected and over 6,000 homes have been damaged or destroyed (ECHO). Nearly 436,000 acres of crops have been lost, with further damage expected as swollen rivers breach flood defenses and inundate agricultural lands (ReliefWeb).
Tropical Depression May Become Typhoon while Approaching Philippines
On September 10, Tropical Depression Fifteen (TD 15W) formed over the southwestern Pacific Ocean and began moving westward toward the Philippines (ECHO). As of September 11 (2100 GMT), TD 15W was located approximately 403 miles north of Koror, Palau and is forecast to continue tracking westward to west-northwestward (JTWC Warning #5).
Current Hazard Warnings
Drought: United States (Southwest, Pacific), Ethiopia (Central), Central America, Kazakhstan (Northwest)
Wildfire: Canada (British Columbia), United States (California, Oregon)
Flood: Guatemala, England, United States (Mississippi Valley), Pakistan (Northern), India (Western), Sudan (Central)
Severe Weather: Croatia
Biomedical: West Africa
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