Flood tragedy


Even though the flood waters have receded, the flood victims in Pakistan are still drowning in misery with the approaching winter, lack of coordinated relief efforts, water-borne diseases and general mismanagement, adding to their ever-increasing troubles Internally, Pakistan has been plagued with issues of governance and an already shambolic infrastructure badly damaged by the floods. Externally, there has been a lack of international mobilisation around the issue and an alarmingly low inflow of pledged funds. The Pakistani authorities are unable to comprehend that if these issues are not dealt with in a timely manner, their cumulative weight will render them impossible to deal with in the long-run. There are 21 million in the cold and only 39% of requested funds coming: these arent just cold statistics but have a human cost affixed to them. We would do well to realise that soon.