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A wake-up call !

Sheeraz Sattar

This writer is a Senior TV and Digital Media Journalist.

ts a wake-up call for the administration of mega cities like Karachi, Islamabad and others, where PDM has forecast heavy rain and issued alert of urban flooding. Recently we are witnessing, pre-monsoon rains have wreaked havoc in various parts of Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, causing floods and roofs to collapse, damaging crops and properties and leaving several people dead and injured.

Many parts of the province continue to be lashed by rain, with reports of heavy showers in Sibi, Kohlu, Ziarat, Quetta, Chaman, Harnai, Loralai, Sherani, Musa Khel, Barkhan and Zhob, the PDMA said.

Thunderstorms and gusty winds have been reported in Sibi, Kohlu, Ziarat, Quetta, Harnai, Loralai, Sherani, Musakhel, Barkhan, Zhob, Kalat and Khuzdar, it added.

Earlier, the National Disaster Management Authority had issued a statement warning of a new rain spell triggering landslides in vulnerable areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Galyat, Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan under the effect of a new weather system.

Climate Change Minister Sherry Rehman also said large parts of the country could face floods in the aftermath of torrential rains in the coming days, adding that there was a “clear risk of flooding in Karachi, Lahore, Multan, Peshawar, Islamabad and other big cities”.

The warning from the minister came in a statement that also carried directives for relevant federal and provincial departments to take measures to deal with any potential disasters.

We have seen in the recent past when heavy rains hit Karachi, several business areas were submerged with water, roads were giving look of ponds, while people suffered huge financial losses and lives were also lost due to poor steps. 

In the recent rains in Karachi, the business area of the city suffered huge financial loss as the shops of traders were submerged with rainwater. May God save us from the past situation, but if the situation repeats itself then it would be very difficult for the traders to come up from this loss as already the business hours have been reduced under the energy-saving program and they are planning of the low business. 

Though the provincial disaster management authority of Sindh has issued an alert to ensure every possible steps to ensure the safety of  human lives but seeing the past performance of the Sindh government, it seems a routine thing. But the situation demands practical steps to avert any alarming situation.

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