Incessant rains in Sindh have played havoc claiming 21 lives on Friday alone and causing devastation in scores of villages in Badin, Thatta, Shikarpur, Hyderabad, Dadu, Mirpur Khas, Nowshera Feroze and Tando Allahyar rendering tens of thousands of people homeless. As usual they have been forced to live under the open sky waiting for someone to reach them for rescue and relief efforts. Rains have also caused damage to some part of Balochistan including Turbat and Ziyart areas. Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhaw were no exceptions either. It is unfortunate that the governments at the federal and provincial levels have learnt no lesson from the destruction caused by floods last year and did not take precautionary measures to ensure timely rescue and relief operations. In fact, the federal and provincial administrations had miserably failed to provide relief and rehabilitation to those who suffered damages caused by last years unprecedented floods. It is good that President Asif Zardari has instructed the Sindh Chief Minister, Syed Qaim Ali Shah to prepare and assess the damage caused by recent rains. It is time Non-Governmental Organisations and philanthropists also came forward and extended a helping hand to those in distress.