The monsoon rains are back in Pakistan and along with them, the flooding. At least 78 people have been reported dead and thousands left homeless within a week of heavy rainfall. The National Disaster Management Authority has declared a state of emergency in several districts and is expecting more rainfall in the coming days.
The picture is all too familiar for Pakistan, as the country has been dealing with some of the worst years of monsoon, where thousands of lives have been lost and millions stranded. The rains have been hitting the same regions and creating another natural crisis.
It was reported earlier in the year that Pakistan’s flood forecasting system is inaccurate and may have been a major hindrance in preparing for the disaster.
The government authorities have, it seems, been unable to foresee the disaster the third year running and precious lives have been lost in a matter of days. It remains to be seen what the levels of preparedness will be should the onslaught continue and the role of NDMA will be highlighted in the weeks to come.
Having seen the worst in the last two seasons, should the government and concerned authorities have been better prepared for this monsoon season?
How can the government ensure the losses are curtailed in this year’s flooding?
Will the government be able to show a better response after experiencing two deadly seasons?
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