‘Not a Natural disaster but a man-made disaster!’
Pakistan should be on the book of Guinness World Record because thanks to our government and authorities we are under floodwater for fourth consecutive year, this year flood situation is similar to the pattern of 2010 floods that started after the record-breaking rains in the north and flood waters moved from the north and ended up in the Arabian sea. The 2013 flood started after intense rains in the northern areas of the country on August 13 and August 14, according to the Natural Disaster Management Agency (NDMA) atleast 178 people have died while 855 are injured, current floods have affected 1.5 million people across Pakistan.
Were these rains enough to cause floods?
This year the behavior of monsoon had been erratic, most part of the country witnessed normal to below normal rains while parts of Balochistan and northern strip of the country (Islamabad, north Punjab, Azad Kashmir and adjoining Khyber Pakhtunkhwa) has witnessed normal to above normal rains.
Despite that, the rains should not have caused flood situation to go out of control as during normal monsoon there are frequent intense rains in the north. This monsoon there were one to two ‘scattered to widespread heavy downpour’ rest of them were ‘isolated to scattered heavy downpour’ in upper parts. In 2010, 2011 and 2012, the floods were caused by record-breaking rains, not the case in 2013. The World has severely criticized Pakistan for their lack of preparedness during the monsoon season while no major precautions were taken as the infrastructure damaged during the 2010 is still in ruins!
Nothing learned: Getting flood since 2010!
Our government is least bothered about the monsoon season they only get up from their sleep when the country is under water, the good news till now is that there is no threat of heavy downpour in September in southern and central parts while north may have a monsoon spell. Since the people of this country are left at the mercy of nature, my personal wish is that monsoon should withdraw from Pakistan in coming days!