Destructive Monsoon Rains Hit Pakistan

Monsoon season in Pakistan is July through August. The strength of the monsoon varies drastically each year. This weekend a fierce rainstorm had its sights set on Pakistan. The monsoon killed an estimated 80 people as well as destroying a large amount of real estate. The largest city, Karachi, suffered some of the biggest loses because of a faulty drainage system which led people to be electrocuted because of electric poles falling into the water.

People watching flood from higher ground. Credit: Marcel Hauri via Flickr.

People watching flood from higher ground. Credit: Marcel Hauri via Flickr.

Civilian and military authorities have already launched rescue and relief efforts to deal with the crisis. Luckily for Pakistan, this flood and storm was not as intense and destructive as the one in 2010, which killed over 1,500 people!

An aerial view of some of the flooded area. Credit: DVIDSHUB via Flickr.

An aerial view of flooded areas in Karachi. Credit: DVIDSHUB via Flickr.

Note that Pakistan was not the only area affected. In Afghanistan, the same storm wreaked havoc killing at least 75 people as well as lots of monetary damage to homes.

Structural damage caused by the flood in Pakistan. Credit: Samenwerkende Hulporganisaties via Flickr.

Structural damage caused by the flood in Pakistan. Credit: Samenwerkende Hulporganisaties via Flickr.

Before the monsoon hits. Credit: Elroy Serrao via Flickr

Before the monsoon hit Karachi.
Credit: Elroy Serrao via Flickr

Please read Stay Above Water: Flood Safety 101 to learn what to do if a flood ever happens around you.

 

Stay Safe. Know Before™.

-The WeatherBug Team

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