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No flood preparations

July 16, 2012

THE 2012 Sindh floods might take place during the monsoon around mid-August, resulting in heavy losses to life and land.

Before heavy rains hit Sindh province this year, it was estimated that families affected by the 2011 flood would require three to four cropping seasons to recover.

Last year’s flood victims want to know from the authorities concerned: are they prepared to meet the challenges of the forthcoming flood? Have they worked out a plan to drain out the floodwater to save their crops and livestock? Did they incorporate more disaster risk-reduction components and safer shelters for victims?

Delayed or incomplete measures will only lead to heightened food insecurity, increase in public health threats, losing land tenure agreements due to farmers’ inability to pay their debts, population displacement, and long-term reliance on aid.

However, I pray that no flooding takes place this year.

ISHFAQUE MARRI Sanghar