There Was a Wagon to Feed The Family, She Also Went… Painful Stories of Flood Victims in Pakistan Who Lost Everything.
One third of Pakistan is currently affected by floods. Heartbreaking videos released by locals are showing a vision of an apocalypse. Hundreds of people are stranded across the river after floods destroyed at least 10 bridges and dozens of buildings in Wadi Manoor in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province on Friday. The people of a village are divided on two sides of the river, many of whom cannot reach their homes. They don’t have any supplies, medicine, food or anything. They are pleading with every visiting journalist and aid worker and informing the rulers through letters. Rulers come, take pictures and leave. Relief work is going on but reconstruction of the bridge is the biggest need of the hour to make access to these areas possible. The bridge is the main link with the city.
Wadi Manoor is located in the mountains of Kaghan, which is a famous tourist destination of Pakistan. The valley has been hit by a flash flood in which at least 15 people, including women and children, have died. Flash floods have swept away the only concrete bridge connecting the beautiful valley to the main city. All villages on the other side of the river have since been cut off and residents are waiting for help. Two bridges in the Manor have completely collapsed and a temporary wooden crossing has now been constructed. An old woman tells the BBC that her house and children are on the other side of the river, now if the bridge is built, they should go home. It is a ten-hour walk to reach their home. They are old and cannot dare because the roads are bad. How many people have they seen flowing with the relay before their eyes?
The mobile network system has been completely destroyed in these flooded areas. People are writing letters and putting them in plastic bottles and passing them on so that their plight and appeal can reach others. People are in a strange state of helplessness. 60-year-old Abdul Rasheed tells about his difficulties that he needs supplies, needs a road and lost his wagon in the flood, which is the only source of sustenance for his family. Was
People’s means of earning have all gone. Officials and politicians go there for photo sessions and entertainment. They take photos and leave and then they don’t look back and ask. Indeed, the army, some welfare organizations and common people are working very hard and their hard work is visible. With the help of these people, the rescue was done in time, otherwise there could have been more losses.
Now if these damages are examined, the blame goes squarely on the government as to why it allows construction on the banks of the river. Everyone is aware of climate change, why was no foresight taken in this matter? After all, who will compensate for these losses?
Due to the construction of these hotels and bazaars, the natural waterways were blocked, thus causing such massive losses. Rains have been happening like this before and will continue to happen, we can never predict the rain, so obviously we can take precautionary measures for it. After all, Nepal, Bangladesh, Philippines and many third world countries also face this problem.
Now coming to the other provinces of the country, Sindh and Balochistan have been the most affected by the floods. The Pakistani military is helping to reach flood-affected areas as road links are cut off and helicopters are the only way to reach most communities. It took just four hours to completely submerge farmer Altaf Hussain’s small village near the historic town of Ranipur in Pakistan’s southern Sindh province, where floodwaters washed away dozens of houses, animals and crops last week. People have been displaced and shifted to temporary shelters. 30 hours of continuous rains have washed away everything of these people. 8 members of a family were washed away in Riley.
The Thari Mirwah canal and various rivers burst their banks in raging fashion due to incessant rains, submerging the entire town of Ranipur, about 420 km from Karachi, prompting terrified residents to scramble for safety. They had to leave their homes. Hussain, a resident, says that when the flood came, there was crying everywhere. It was night time and they reached the terrace with their family members. It was a horrifying sight as they watched from the rooftops by flashlights and mobile phones as the floodwaters moved toward their village. He was no less than a tsunami.
Water had reached dangerous levels in streets, fields and houses. The timely action of the army forces saved the villagers including 20 members of Hussain’s family. Hours later, the floodwaters receded, but all 500 houses in the unfortunate village were badly damaged. The entire Sindh is currently under the ravages of floods, only Karachi is somewhat safe.
Monsoon rains have long wreaked havoc in Pakistan due to human casualties and already fragile infrastructure. But climate change in recent years has increased their intensity and unpredictability. According to the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change, the country has so far received 100 percent more rain this monsoon season than last year. According to preliminary government estimates, the ongoing series of monsoons and floods have cost the country’s already battered economy more than $4 billion. No one can deny that we were aware of these situations in advance, if we had made some arrangements in advance, improved our infrastructure and provided shelter to people earlier, the damage might have been less. The problem is who will do all this planning. The planners are protecting their seats, where do they have time to pay attention to the people? Just think!!