The federal, provincial governments and concerned authorities have learnt no lesson from the devastation of 2010 and 2011 floods, that claimed massive human toll and rendered millions homeless. Those who suffered were rescued but are still waiting for rehabilitation process to benefit them.

The local Met office issued a warning some four months back that the coming monsoon season would bring more than average rainfall and advised concerned departments to make elaborate arrangements in time to reduce the damage. But it appears that the timely warning fell on deaf ears. The situation being faced today is very grim. The tragedy is that India which had built several big and small dams on Pakistani rivers, on one side restricted water flows into Pakistan, but today released massive flood water into the Rivers Sutlej and Chenab worsening the situation after the rains. This act of New Delhi is being termed in the most affected agricultural sector as ‘water terrorism’.

The Flood Forecasting Division Lahore has issued a warning of high to very high flood in the River Chenab. Chenab at Marala is likely to attain very high flood level and at Khanki and Qadirabad high to very high flood level today. Meanwhile the Met Office has predicted widespread rains in central and southern parts of the country during the next 48 hours. In a fresh advisory it said at times heavy and very heavy rainfall is likely in southern Punjab‚ eastern Balochistan and upper Sindh during the next two days. It has also warned about high risk of flash flooding in the local streams and seasonal nullahs of D.G. Khan‚ Zhob‚ Sibbi‚ Nasirabad and Kalat divisions during next 48 hours. It has advised all concerned authorities to remain on high alert during the next two days. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has directed all provincial governments to keep a strict watch on floods in different parts and take urgent rescue and relief measures.