A Pakistani boy, displaced by last year's monsoon floods, rides alongside the family goat on a trek for higher ground in anticipation of coming rains. (Photo: Akhtar Soomro/Reuters)
Monsoon season hits Pakistan every year with the regularity of a washing machine's spin cycle. Still, the knowledge that another deluge is on the way has not empowered Pakistan to prepare for a new round of floods.
Torrential rains last year, at their height, submerged 20 percent of the country. When the waters subsided, around 2,000 people were killed, 11 million were homeless, and another 7 million were—to say the least—severely inconvenienced.
In the intervening year, few washed-out roads have been rebuilt, hardly any crumbled structures have been retrofitted, and a very limited network for refugee aid and shelter has been put into place.
If the rain hits like it usually does, 5 million people are at risk of floating off on a tide of misery. It might not hurt to get a jump on events, and contact the United Nations Refugee Agency now.