Ravi and Chenab flooded

“sun office jatay huay life jacket phen lya ker suna hai lahore doob raha hai :)”

Got the above SMS from a close friend while I stayed back in Islamabad for a few days. Produced a smile on my face. Two hours passed and I was on my way back to Lahore. Heard ‘Punjab would be flooded especially Sahiwal and Gujranwala divisions’ but I was unconcerned. Until I saw the flooded region myself. Passing through Gujranwala division, I saw it all flooded; people affected, homes and crops destroyed, cattle dispersed. All of a sudden, I had a different picture!

Thousands of acres of agricultural land is inundated. The flood swept through Sialkot, Gujrat, Mandi Bahaudding, Gujranwala, Hafizabad, Jhang, Chiniot and Sargodha and a large number of villages are averted. Only in Lahore, one lac people near the River Ravi bed are threatened by the rising floodwater. Count the lives my dear, 1, 2, 3, 4… 100,000! And thousands are affected already. Now, while such floods have become a norm in every second Monsoon, why doesn’t Government try to do something. I mean, they wail that India doesn’t let go of their share of water but when there’s any, they can’t handle it. Don’t they have a mechanism to stop or store that amount of water? Where are the dams? Okay, scrap that. Who is responsible for such a fiasco, for all those people who have lost their homes and everything they possessed? Just telling them to flee their homes/lands is not the solution. No, my dear.

And what about water? They let it go down to the sea and starve the whole year. Gotta do something, I reckon. For the people, atleast, if not for the country.

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