UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moons trip to Pakistan and his tour of the affected areas to meet the victims - seeing their plight at first hand - followed by his announcement of $ 10 million from the UN Central Emergency Response Fund was of some consolation. Shocked by the sheer scale of the disaster, the Secretary General did not hesitate to admit the fact that never before had he witnessed so much destruction and chaos. He promised that he would appeal to the international community to rush to Pakistans help. One expects him to follow up on his words with definite moves, and since he himself stated that a lot more money and resources were needed in the days to come, he must immediately start striving to get the required aid money from around the world. Estimates made by the UN itself have put the scale of destruction greater than the tsunami of 2004 in terms of damage to area, infrastructure and property. Therefore, it stands to reason that that the foreign funds should be equally large. Meanwhile, flooding continues to get worse on account of the continuing intermittent spells of monsoon rains. As a result, the water shows no sign of receding in Khyber Pukthunkhwa, and more and more parts of Sindh, Punjab and Balochistan are getting submerged under floods. The governments failure to put its act together and seriously get on with the rescue work is evidenced from the death of five children from starvation in Kohistan, the drowning of nine persons and the fact that hundreds of thousands of people are stranded, desperately looking for help. However, the call by PML-N urging the centre and the provinces to curtail their development funds and collect Rs 350 billion for the purpose of relief operations to utilise that sum through a non-partisan commission has evoked a positive response by the federal government. The names of its members are expected to be announced shortly and it is hoped that the selected individuals would be of impeccable character. Likewise, in order for swift action, the commission should be allowed to function free of the bureaucratic red tape. The UN has already warned of a second wave of deaths resulting from water borne diseases largely hitting the children. This threat of disease gets more real on account of New Delhis filthy act of releasing polluted water in Rivers Chenab and Tavi. Undoubtedly, where this hour of trial is a test of the peoples patience and courage, it is also a time when the leadership must fully stand by the public.