While the monsoon rains in Sindh continue to wreak havoc through floods, one of the consequences of the destruction has been the driving up of the international price of cotton. In Sindh, the crop being mostly cotton at this time of the year, since Pakistan is a major producer, any shortfall will be felt globally. However, there are two temptations to be resisted. The first is attempts by the textile lobby to prevent the inevitable rise in price. The second is the temptation to export whatever cotton is produced at the increased prices before the needs of local industry are fulfilled. This is the sort of crisis that will prove a real test of the Textile Ministry, which must ensure that neither textile producer nor cotton grower is allowed to exploit the situation. Apart from the cotton question, which is not just national but international, the floods have also caused a great deal of human suffering. Apart from the washing away of peoples entire life savings there is the problem of direct loss of human life, with Tuesdays rains accounting for 22 more deaths, nine of them in Quetta, indicating that the spread of the flood was increasing. At the same time, this flooding was not restricted to rural areas, but was causing large parts of the provinces cities to come under water, showing once again that the former city government was as unsuccessful as its predecessors in preparing for the monsoons on a preventive basis. The President should not consider his duty done by his visit to Nawabshah, and the issuing of statements from the UK, which he is visiting. With him in UK, and the Prime Minister just back from Iran, the country is facing a grave crisis without them. This would be less irresponsible if the visits were not timed for the monsoon season, which was known in advance. The planning for next years monsoon should already have begun. The President and Prime Minister should ensure they apply their full energies to it, and not regard it as something that can be handled in intervals between foreign trips.