Pakistan worried about impending monsoons
Aug 17, 2011
Pakistan is preparing for the peak of monsoon season as the Meteorological Department warns levels may be 10 percent higher than normal, especially in the Sindh Province, according to IRIN.
"We suffered greatly in the floods last year. Now even dark clouds bring panic with them for all of us here," Ghulam Bibi, 40, a resident of the Thatta District of Sindh Province, told the news outlet.
Thatta was one of the most affected areas during the deadly flooding of 2010. Many there lost everything and are still working to rebuild.
With the monsoons coming to a head, many are fearful that a similar outcome could occur, especially since most are still trying to get back on track. In addition, food insecurity is still running rampant through the region.
"Our rice crop has been completely destroyed. We have no livelihood left and the only help we have received is from other local people," Allah Dad, 50, a farmer, told the news outlet.
As a way to prevent such disastrous results from happening again, the government and outside humanitarian groups are working to establish relief centers ahead of time in case of an emergency.
"We are setting up relief centers in eight locations and making all other arrangements to help the affected people,” Syed Arshad Hussain, the district coordination officer for Kasur, informed the news source.
Although the government has been warning residents to get to safer ground, many farmers have been reluctant to do so for fear of losing their livelihood again.