The recent downpour in Karachi has caused much havoc for citizens. Even after the Pakistan Meteorological Department had predicted 20% more rainfall in the country this year, the authorities failed to take steps to prevent the adverse effects of monsoon rainfalls.
According to media reports, almost all rainwater drains in Karachi remained clogged with garbage because of which they failed to absorb the rainwater which caused flooding on the roads and streets. While metropolitan authorities were criticised for not taking the necessary precautions, the Karachi mayor claimed that lack of funding made it difficult for them to carry out pre-monsoon operations.
The authorities need to make the most of the resources they have at their disposal and try their best at ameliorating the problem of citizens. It is also for the citizens to contribute towards keeping their areas clean. People have made it a habit of throwing garbage and waste in open canals and drains. They need to take ownership of at least the areas they are living in and help the authorities, or else the problems will rather increase.
Apart from creating wide-scale awareness in the city about keeping spaces clean, the need of the hour is to redesign the entire drainage system piece by piece in order to provide a long-lasting solution for citizens.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 10th, 2020.