While thousands of people across Pakistan have suffered, on account of recent egregious heavy rains and flooding. People in Balochistan, the country’s poorest province with minimum infrastructure and where the majority of the population lives in mud houses, have been worst affected. According to the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), more than 36,500 houses were destroyed across Pakistan, where 60 percent of them were in Balochistan and approximately 800 schools were affected due to the floods, 600 in Balochistan alone. On top of that, thousands of people lost their lives in the floods across the country. Of every 10, three casualties were from Balochistan, which is the largest number in any province.

Furthermore, several villages across Balochistan are cut off and are still not reachable as roads and bridges were washed away because of excessive rains. Certainly, These roads were not only important for travelling but also for bringing food and other supplies to Balochistan which is disturbed the most. For instance, Makran Coastal Highway, which is the only route to connect Sindh with southern Balochistan, is destroyed due to the gushing flood. People are suffering to reach to rest part of the country during an emergency.

Although in comparison to other provinces, Balochistan receives the lowest rainfall in Pakistan where dry, arid weather and droughts are quite normal, such a massive amount of rainfall is a matter of great worrisome which ultimately indicates the climate devastation in the region.

Undoubtedly, the current high-magnitude rains and floods witnessed in the last two months are surely the point of the alarming climate change. A country like Pakistan contributes less than 1% in carbon emissions that are facing the worst.

According to the Climate Risk Index, Pakistan is the eighth most vulnerable country since 2000, yet the authorities failed to exercise the climate concerns policy of the country. Particularly, a province like Balochistan, where the temperature rises more than 50 celsius, and is considered one of the hottest regions in South Asia still pays no heed. To sum up, it is high time for the supreme authorities to adopt national climate change policies and work together to safeguard it from forthcoming climatic devastation instead of wasting their crucial time and money on groundless rallies for their own political purposes.

NOREEN ANWAR,

Turbat.