Pakistan’s Meteorological Department issued warnings about severe thunderstorms in the upper and central parts of the country, signalling the fact that the threat of floods is not behind us just yet. New information through on-ground investigations indicates that Pakistan has lost billions of dollars, and this estimate is bound to increase once all areas are explored for damages completely. With predictions of consistent rain for the next four to five days, hopes of recovery have been dampened.

Cities like Islamabad and Rawalpindi are already undergoing this wet spell in Punjab, but it seems as though unforgiving amounts of rain are continuing to devastate Sindh. The flood situation has aggravated the already deteriorating situation to the point that places like Dadu city required immediate intervention for survival. Two cuts were made into the city’s canal so that excess water could be diverted, and to cause the water flow to change. Other places in the north like Kashmir, KP and Gilgit-Baltistan are experiencing increased risks of landslides due to the rain as well.

While nothing can be done to stop the environment from unleashing itself onto the country, much can be done to provide relief to all those affected and devise strategies that invoke the help of the international community. According to the National Flood Response Coordination Centre, the initial assessment of damages was set at $18 billion. We have not crossed $40 billion, most of which is irrecoverable. Vital infrastructure has been damaged, countless lives have been lost and millions have been displaced; a calamity of this severity requires immediate intervention by global powers.

Currently, most leaders have acknowledged that Pakistan is undergoing what is being described as an environmental tragedy. In fact, the Biden administration—along with other governments—have urged the authorities to evacuate the area and have donated millions. However, considering the degree of suffering and the economic instability prevalent, there is room for more help to be offered. It is imperative that our government highlights the fact that certain developed nations must assume some responsibility for the deterioration of the climate and must consider making reparations in whatever form is convenient. What is unacceptable at this point is diverting attention from this; a phenomenon that is likely to affect more countries in the future.