DFO 2003-165

Flooding: 07/15/03 - ongoing (as of 08/31/03)

Pakistan and Northwest India -- Monsoon Season

Indus River and Tributaries

Detailed Locations:
Pakistan - Sindh province: Karachi and Hyderabad areas. Districts: Badin, Thatta, Tharparkar, Larkana, Shikarpur, Nawabshah, Dadu, Karachi, Hyderabad.
Balochistan Province: Districts: Jafarabad, Naseerabad, Bolan, Jhal Magsi, Harnai, Ziarat, Khuzdar, Lasbela, Turbat, Awaran, Machh, Harnai, Kalat.
Punjab Province: Sialkot and Narowal districts.
Northwestern India - Rajasthan State: Jaipur area.
Himachal Pradesh State: Garsa area of Kullu district, Baijnath area of Kangra district .
Gujarat State - Rann of Kutch area: Nakhatrana, Mundra, Bhuj, Gandhidham, Lakhpat. Banni and Khavda region. Rajkot city.

Indus River and tributaries. Jhelum, Chenab

Monsoon rains damaged hundreds of homes and ruptured a small dam in Sindh, Pakistan. Five children killed in flash floods in Rajasthan after years of drought. Flash floods in Gursa valley in Himachal Pradesh kill at least 30 on July 16. July 28 - 5000 villages flooded in Sindh Province. "Meteorologists say this year's monsoon rains broke a 10-year record, with 292 millimetres of rain falling in 24 hours in the district of Badin over the weekend". Rann of Kutch area in Gujarat State received "more than half its annual rain in 24 hours" on July 26. Parts of the ancient ruins of Dholavira in eastern Kutch inundated by floods. Worst flooding since 1994 in Sindh, Pakistan. August 11 - Sindh: 178 dead; 141,643 hectares crops destroyed; 1,000 square kilometers flooded; worst monsoon in a decade in southern Pakistan. At least 400 villages in Badin district were washed away leaving 300,000 homeless. Balochistan: 400,000 acres crops damaged. Pakistan total deaths: 231. Floods begin subsiding in southern Pakistan on August 4. August 13 - Chenab River sweeps away 15 villages in Punjab.
August 21 - roads in Sindh province still flooded up to 2 meters deep. August 23-5 - 23 people killled by flooding in Ahmadabad city and Gujarat state
MODIS observations of high levels on the Indus river begin in mid June.
Southern Pakistan and along the Indus Valley exhibit wetter surface conditions compared to this time last year according to QuikSCAT data.

Dead: 285 Displaced: 900,000 Damages: no data Affected Region ( sq km): 868,200 Severity Class* : 1 Flood Magnitude**: 36.1

MODIS flood inundation limit file names***:

Upper Indus and its Tributaries in Punjab Provinces in Pakistan and northwest India
Indus River in Sindh and Balochistan Provinces, Pakistan
Indus River Delta near Hyderabad and Karachi, southern Pakistan


Map preparation and image analysis: Elaine Anderson

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