Like previous years, 2016 brings no difference as the country is witnessing heavy rains and federal and provincial government were not prepared to rescue the people in hard time. On other the other hand water is too much important for agriculture as well as for other needs of the people. The lost rain water could have been used to bring prosperity in the lives of the people but alas due to government’s negligence it has added woes of the people.
According to update of National Disaster Management Authority, the death toll in rain-related incidents across the country has risen to forty-nine in first three days.
The casualties occurred due to roof collapse and most of the incidents were reported from Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and FATA.
After heavy rains people are terrified from flood which normally comes after the spell of rains. Especially people of Katcha areas are more scare about looming dangers for them.
As per last year 2015 the floods have also damaged millions of trees, fields and millions of livestock is facing hardship which has forced the people to leave their homes from low lying areas to upper areas.
Pakistan is not facing flood challenges for the first time, as heavy monsoon rains in August 2013 also triggered flash floods and caused loss of lives and widespread damage to crops and livestock. According to Reliefweb, which works with the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, nearly 1.5 million people, almost 80,000 houses, and 1.5 million acres of crops were affected.
In other parts of the world in such conditions the governments brace themselves to face the flood situation through pursuing long term strategies, especially construction of dams at rivers to save people, crops, livestock and build infrastructures which can store water and also produce inexpensive electricity.
Unluckily, Pakistan is the only country in the world where government does not have a long term policy to handle the floods despite persistent clamours of climate change.
KHAZIR KLASRA,
Islamabad, March 14.