Natures blessing of rain in the monsoons comes with the curse of flash floods. Almost every year, flooding is part of the monsoon season and this time is no exception. The chaos and human suffering that has been caused is devastating and while the floods have impacted all the provinces, the death toll in Khyber Pukhtunkwa has been exceptionally high with over 200 deaths already recorded. Everywhere the picture is the same with primarily people helping each other as their homes and lives-worth are swept by the fury of gushing flash floods and overflowing rivers and nullahs. Some argue that little can be done to guard against this natural disaster but when one sees the slow response time of government authorities, one realises that some disaster management infrastructure can certainly be put in place to respond proactively to flash flood warnings that are given regularly. Surely people - and it is always the poor who are hardest hit - can be moved out from the direction of flash floods and water overflow waves preemptively with some of their life savings and precious goods also so that they are not having to make fresh starts from scratch on a yearly basis. After the 2006 earthquake there has been a National Disaster Management Authority in place but it has yet to device a viable flood strategy and acquire the technical wherewithal. Unless it is able to function effectively, it will become part of the useless bureaucracy that plagues this country. What has been even more condemnable has been the lack of civic infrastructure in urban areas to deal with the yearly monsoon rains. The disaster scenes in the main cities show the lack of an effective civic authority and structure. Badly constructed roads, no drainage provisions, no sewerage system, large-scale electricity failures and so on show that our city governments continue to fail in their primary responsibility. Even without floods, rain tends to bring life to a halt in the cities with roads steeped in water. The GT Road and the M1 Motorway (in contrast to the well-designed M2) have both had to be closed because of going under flash floods. Faulty design of the latter is only too evident while the refurbished GT Road also failed to take flood exigencies into account. Our power sector has shown itself to be extremely vulnerable to natures wrath and while the water may be receding in the cities, power supply remains cut off in some areas for over twenty four hours causing all manner of damage and suffering. Even more disturbing is the loss of life due to electrocution as a result of wet exposed electric wires, with children the most frequent victims. The flood disasters this year have again showed the complete lack of concern on the part of local authorities to act in a timely and effective fashion. The Nullah Leh problem in Rawalpindi persists as does the fragility of the communications infrastructure. The monsoons are part of the seasons in Pakistan. With proper infrastructure and disaster management, we can enjoy the blessing that the monsoon also is.