After the floods, more disasters might follow

Riaz Ali Toori

A month ago, the two provinces of the country had a row about the “Water Issue” in Pakistan. There was lack of water for agriculture and in some areas there had been great shortage of drinking water. Neither Punjab nor the Sindh were willing to part ways with due share of water. The sweltering heat had compelled them to bow before Almighty with all humility and solicit for His mercy in the form of rain.

Today all provinces of Pakistan are flooded.  Men, women, and children are crying for shelter, food, drinking water and medicine. Our response towards the rehabilitation of victims is slow and the international donors are not as vigorous as they were in 2005 earthquake. The flood will bring a shift increase in poverty that can pave the paths of terrorists’ organizations to misuse the victims for nefarious motives. International community must come forward and announce generous donations that Pakistan can easily cope up with challenges of the disaster.

Terrorism hurt nation is confronted with multiple issues and the latest woe in the list is natural disaster. It is easy to say that flood is natural but what responsibility our NDMA and co-related organizations have shown in this regard? The devastated areas were not warned in advance; if some districts were informed the district administration didn’t respond to flood quickly. Bridges are broken, rivers are overflowed and towns are drowned but no one is ready to accept responsibility. This is why we never learn from disasters and couldn’t improve the natural disaster management so far.

On the other hand some politicians are adding salt on the wounds of victims by playing political game over their deprivations. In the time of ordeal civilized nations get united and give a united and befitting response to trouble together. In Pakistan pains of public are misused for vested political interests and game of “point scores” starts with every tragedy.

The magnitude of flash floods is worse than that of the earthquake in October 2005 and the geographic range is much greater, UN states, “Children health are at high risk and the casualties of children can increase in coming days if didn’t cared warily. The women with pregnancies need special attentions.”

The initial UN estimates say 12 million have been affected but later figures indicated the catastrophe was gigantic both in terms of size and casualties.

Flash flooded villages, killed people and destroyed some 290,000 homes, crops, the infrastructure, business and property. Shelter, food, drinking water and medicine are the most urgent need for millions of people. Thousands of people have been killed in the worst floods to hit the South Asian country in 80 years. The flood is not abating while the areas of Muzaffargarh and adjoining are at high risk for next few days.

Rehabilitation of flood victims is another big trial for Pakistani government. Reporters have publicized ahead that the banned terrorist organizations have diverted their attentions towards poverty stricken areas for recruitment of newer cadre.

Floods will certainly bring an increase in poverty and hunger. Poverty and hunger eventually amplify crimes and robberies. In 2005, occurrence of selling of relief goods, medicines and solid food had taken place. On the other hand the banned terrorists can focus on the ill-fated sufferers of flooded areas. This is matter of great concerns for Pakistan and international community to come forward for the help of Pakistani government and people that the chances of enhancing terrorism can be minimized.

The devastation is greater and worse than Tsunami. The flood has taken Pakistan fifty years back. The reconstruction of basic infrastructure will not only add additional burden on economy but require considerable time as well seeing the sheer size of devastation. The UN must stress over international community to help Pakistan.

The allies of “war on Terror” particularly the US and the UK must take part in the rehabilitation of damaged areas. The Taliban in Pakistan have urged that the government should not accept US aid and if it happens, we can give $20 million to them as aid for the flood victims. The message of Taliban is a taunt for international community that Taliban aim to spend on people in order to fulfill their nefarious designs. The socio-economic problems in Pakistan are already touching climax due to continuous terrorism and war on terrorism. The people of southern Punjab and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa can go easily in the hands of terrorists if necessary actions are not taken for the restoration of their livelihoods.

The flood is a very serious experiment for Pakistan. Keeping in view the sacrifices of Pakistan Army, public and political government in “war on terror” the world must contribute for the wellbeing of victims.

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11 responses to “After the floods, more disasters might follow

  1. S.A

    Fully agreed.

  2. poke

    Common message ( threat ) from muslims across the world ..
    The world must come forward to help or rather pay money OR ELSE taliban will exploit the misery, more terorrist recruits are available ….etc etc

    Can any pakistani answer , How many tsunami victims have turned terorrists, how many haitians are involved in spreading terror in the world or the tibetens suffering from landslides shall resort to terror tactics .
    No one except , good muslims from pakistan.
    Please change your outlook and your society will change accordingly.

  3. Ammar

    The disaster management authority needs to take the civil society on board regarding the relief operations. As transparency is a key issue that we need to ensure. A good working relationship can speed up these rescue operations.

  4. tHERE HAS BEEN DEPLORABLE LACK OF PLANNING COMPIOUNDEED BY DEFICIENCY OF VISION WHICH LED T O THIS DISASTROUS SITUATION. OUR PHILANDSERING POLITICIANS AND HEAVILY-PAID BUREAUCRATS COULD NBOLPT CASRE LESS.
    IT SADDENS ME NO END.
    I WILL FILE A WRIT ON THIS ASPECT OF DEPLORABLE MISMANAGEMEN T AND CORRTUPT PRACTICES-THROUGH- APATHY THIS WEEK IN-SHAW-LAW. may be it is wastage of time and thinning ones resources UNREASONABLY, BUT THEN IT IS IMPORTANT TLO RECORD WHATG IS GOING ON (AND on!!!!).
    BARRISTER SYYED MOHAMMED JAWAID IQBAL JAFREE OFF PACIFIC PALISADES AND BRIGHTON

  5. shiv

    The philandering politicians have certainly never been allowed to develop Pakistan politically on a clean slate and a level playing field. Even Allah can’t help when you have an army that thinks that the health of the army equals health of Pakistan. Most of you people, including those 12 million affected don’t matter much. They never have. Why should a flood suddenly make them matter? Next year there will be no floods. Let them all adjust for this year.

    Pakistan will survive as long as the army survives. As for the people. What people?

  6. rationalist

    poke

    it takes one particular religion and its education system to bring forth terrorists, to exploit even catastrophes for this purpose.

  7. Maryanne Khan

    The Australian government has pledged AUS$10 million, AUSAID sent of a Hercules last night with $1 million worth of tents, SBS TV have set up an appeal, local charities are shown on television collecting foodstuffs, water, clothing and medicine to send. The floods have been the lead story on the non-commercial news networks, so Australians are very much aware of the danger of the situation to the population of Pakistan.

  8. sid

    Indian govt. seems to have offered 5 million dollars for Pakistan’s flood relief.

  9. Raj (phir oyi)

    Hardly any Pakistanis posting on this topic! Lagta hai people don’t really care! Instead they like to talk about Jinnah and Jefferson! And ignore the 13 million aam Pakistani who are suffering due to floods.

    Secondly why is the Pakistani Govt. still considering whether to avail of India’s offer of 5 million USD, when it is crying hoarse to rest of the world. Is it because India is only willing to provide relief supplies worth that amount, and no cash, which can disappear in somebody’s pocket?!

    Or is it because the relief supplies would be having “Made in India” Label on them, and it hurts Pakistan’s Honor & Dignity to accept relief supplies marked as such. During the 2005 Earthquake, even then the Pakistanis insisted on India to remove the “Made in India” labels and prints before accepting relief.

    And in the meantime, the aam Pakistani suffers!

  10. Zulfiqar Haider

    Pakistan being a frontline ally in the war on terror is in deep trouble now. All the frontrunners in this war must come to help Pakistanis in this time of need.

  11. Sadia Hussain

    The Taliban call for rejecting foreign assistance call for the attention of the international community, regardless of how absurd it may sound, the Taliban attempts to discredit the efforts of our allies needs to be answered. The public must be reminded that Taliban are in no ways sympathetic to their plight and this is nothing more than a PR stunt. The allies have stepped up their efforts to help Pakistan in these turbulent times as U.N sectary General Ban Ki Moon announced 10 million USD for relief operations.