The heavy downpour across the northern parts of the country and catchment areas of rivers has created havoc in the affected areas, flooding homes and ruining property, killing people and drowning cattle, turning streets into ponds and destroying crops. The provinces affected so far have been the KPK and Punjab, with Nowshera and Sialkot bearing most of the brunt. And with weather pundits predicting a prolonged spell of torrential rains, greater devastation is on the cards, as rivers and nullahs overflow their banks. Already in medium floods, the rivers threaten the population with greater fury and going into the high flood mode within the next 48 hours. Flood warning have been issued following more rains in Kohat, Bannu, Peshawar, Mardan and Hazara Divisions and the swelling of Kabul, Kurram and Swat rivers. Similarly, floods threaten several towns of Punjab with waters in Chenab and Ravi sharply rising. Last reports put the death toll as a result of these rains at 17; the causes: the caving in of the wall of a dilapidated house, the fast currents sweeping away unwary picnickers, the drowning of foolhardy swimmers, etc. The local chapters of the Disaster Management Authority have gone into action and the rescue work is in progress, shifting population from the low-lying areas to higher grounds and taking other palliative measures. Yet, a lot of the damage, already caused or expected, could have been avoided had the authorities learnt their lessons from the previous years’ floods and taken due precautionary measures. The pity is that with time the promises of reconstruction and prevention fade away with the fading away of the memory of destruction from the mind of the general public, leaving the affected sections of society either to again face the music next time or take precautions themselves. Apparently, whatever steps the government had taken in the past to save the people from the horrors of floods fell short of the impact of even a single spell of the rain. Reportedly, the government wishes to construct 100-odd small dams in Balochistan to help secure adequate supplies to the land under irrigation and bring more of it under cultivation. At the same time, they would control flash floods during the rainy season in the province. The dire situation the country faces calls for putting aside petty prejudices and bickering and a wholehearted focus on building large reservoirs as well, like Kalabagh Dam and other dams. These projects would not only help lessen the fallout of floods in all provinces of the country, including KPK and Sindh, but also make water available to meet agricultural, industrial and domestic needs. A sizeable chunk of electricity it would generate would lessen the rigours of loadshedding. The authorities should positively respond to the public opinion, which is getting increasingly assertive in demanding the construction of Kalabagh Dam. There is no time to waste!