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Tuesday, July 16, 2024

Cloudburst triggers flash floods in Islamabad’s sector E-11

Islamabad's sector E-11 gets flooded due to a cloudburst. Images and videos are circulating on social media showing the chaos caused by the flood. Residents are holding official authorities accountable as according to them, lack of urban planning caused the devastation.

A cloudburst in Islamabad caused heavy flooding in sector E-11, confirmed Islamabad Deputy Commissioner Muhammed Hamza Shafqat.

“Cloudburst in Islamabad has caused flooding in various areas. Teams are clearing nullahs/roads. Hopefully, we will be able to clear everything in an hour,” the Commissioner tweeted.

Meanwhile, residents of the areas flooded Twitter with videos of the devastation caused by the flash floods. In the videos, several cars can be seen floating away with the water.

According to unofficial reports, a woman and her child died. A wall collapsed over them due to the gushing water. The cloudburst also flooded basements of some houses in Islamabad’s E-11.

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Police officials said flooding in sector E-11 was due to the “poor performance of society management” of private housing schemes, adding that there was no equipment available to deal with the situation.

As per sources in Pakistan Meteorological Department, some areas in Islamabad received up to 330mm of rain in the last few hours.

Army teams are currently conducting rescue operations.

Woes of mismanagement

Pakistan is currently facing a severe water crisis. Experts fear that the per capita availability of fresh water in Pakistan will decline to 860 cubic meters by 2025. As a result, the country may reach absolute water scarcity by 2040.

However, on the other hand, Pakistan is also a victim of floods during the monsoon season. Due to unplanned urbanization, some areas are not equipped to deal with heavy rains.

As floods take over Islamabad’s sector E-11, netizens are making comparisons between sector E and sector F.

Social media users are of the view that sector E-11 does not have enough open space around nullahs. Furthermore, it does not enough have adequate green belts. Such factors contribute to flooding.

Moreover, netizens are accusing private housing schemes of prioritizing profits over sustainable development.

Issues of mismanagement and lack of planning are not exclusive to Islamabad. Different cities of Pakistan also suffer during the monsoon season.

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Earlier this month in KPK, over 20 people died when heavy rain or floods caused roofs, walls, or whole buildings to collapse.

Last year, a spell of monsoon also wreaked havoc in Karachi, causing irreparable damage to lives and property.

The government should take initiatives to mitigate the negative consequences of flooding. Due to climate change, irregular weather patterns are expected, however, Pakistan should ensure that relevant measures are taken to ensure that floods do not damage cities.

Read more: Climate Change and Pakistan’s Water Security