The ongoing spell of heavy rain and floods across the country has played havoc with life and property leaving thousand of people stranded in hostile terrain. According to media reports, so far more than 200 people have been killed. Out of this total, 84 deaths are reported in three districts of Balochistan province including Naseerabad, Jaffarabad and Dera Bughti. What is most pinching is that the rescue and relief efforts have been far from satisfactory and in many flood zones, there has been simply no help from the authorities. It simply beggars belief that the federal and the provincial governments could turn their back on the hungry and homeless people needing emergency rescue. It appears the concerned authorities have learnt no lesson from disastrous floods of 2010 and 2011 when a large part of the country was submerged. The Met office’s forecast of 10 to 15 percent more rains is worrisome all the more so given the prevailing sorry state of affairs. Meanwhile, the situation in flood ravaged localities is getting worse by the hour. Rescue and relief operations should be launched without further procrastination by both the federal and the provincial governments as well as the NGOs concerned. It should be a matter of shame for the authorities that the Monday’s heavy downpour in Islamabad, Rawalpindi and Lahore suspended the normal civic life while the death toll crossed a dozen.