Flood shelters

Published October 5, 2022

PAKISTAN has been included in the list of top 10 countries that are most vulnerable to climate change impacts. The effects of climate change were seen in the form of recent unprecedented devastating rainfall and the resulting floods and damages.

Thousands of people have been killed, while crops, homes and infrastructure have been devastated along with small dams in Balochistan worth more than billions of dollars. We also do not know when another wave of such floods will hit us again.

But we know the possibilities of accelerated melting of glaciers and frequent heatwaves as a result of rising global temperatures.

In the wake of global warming, heatwaves, heavy rains, glacial melting, glacial lake outburst flows, there are possibilities of reoccurrence of such natural calamities.

Therefore, the governments and other donor agencies need to consider building infrastructure, including school buildings, which may bear such high floods and may provide shelter to the local residents.

If possible, the school buildings need to be at least two-storey structures with no rooms on the ground floor.

The height of the second floor needs to be at least 10 feet above the ground to allow floodwater to flow beneath it without causing any damages while the residents may stay in such school buildings on the second floor during floods.

If possible, the roof of third floor can be built using solar panels to provide extra space as well as necessary power supplies for meeting the basic needs, such as clean water and cooking facilities.

At least two schools, one for boys and one for girls, in every village can be built with such a design for providing shelter homes to the local residents during floods. Some other people in the village, who may afford, can also follow similar design for building their homes, especially in the flood-affected areas.

Dr Allah Bakhsh
Faisalabad

Published in Dawn, October 5th, 2022

Opinion

Editorial

Unchanged rating
Updated 29 Feb, 2024

Unchanged rating

Unchanged Moody's rating underscores that fears of default will continue unless a new, larger loan agreement is reached with the IMF.
Silenced voices
29 Feb, 2024

Silenced voices

THE state suddenly seems to be acting more loyal than the king as far as respect for the judiciary is concerned. The...
Gwadar deluge
29 Feb, 2024

Gwadar deluge

GWADAR has been battered with severe rains — the worst since 2010 — with both the town and Ormara to its east ...
Democracy damaged
Updated 28 Feb, 2024

Democracy damaged

The reserved seats controversy could have been avoided had the ECP by now decided whether SIC deserves them or not.
Misplaced priorities
28 Feb, 2024

Misplaced priorities

THE federal government’s filing of a petition with the Supreme Court on Monday, seeking to overturn an Islamabad...
Killing jirgas
28 Feb, 2024

Killing jirgas

ANOTHER day and another chilling story unfolds in Kohistan. The jirga institution, declared illegal by the top ...