The chaos in hospitals is overwhelming. Severely sick patients are being placed on mats in corridors and medical staff is having hard time coping with the scenario.
Ironically, media has turned its binoculars away from terrorist and drone attacks and are now focussed on dengue attacks instead. The ongoing upsurge of dengue related illness is the most widespread “vector borne virus.” As commonly seen, a combination of higher temperatures and greater humidity invites a breeding environment for the dengue mosquito to grow its population.
Most obviously, a prolonged abuse of “Nature’s original set up” is only coming back to us in the form of abnormal weathers, rains and overflowing rivers. Resultantly, there is a breeding ground for “guerrilla type mosquitoes;” they are addicted to attack the humans at will.
Miserably enough, we failed to plan ahead of time to deal with the aftermath of abnormal weather conditions. Admittedly, a screwed up weather system is the fault of our selfish progression ignoring the demands of Nature. Constantly ignoring the related damage to the normal climate-as designed by the Nature for the benefit of humankind has further contributed to the problem.
No doubt, the “Industrial Revolution” had provided a good lifestyle to the whole world but at extremely high cost. Now we are to live with the messed up atmospheric adjustments. It is still believed, the resulted climatic change is responsible for the overall loss of environmental balance. Yet, many people intentionally ignore the fact that the “Godly System” has been falling apart for quite a while due to repetitive misuse of it by all involved. Pollution including Industrial gases, smoke, other gases from air conditioners, fridges and smoke from vehicles has been slowly rupturing the ozone layer (a protective layer against the poisonous heat from the Sun and other gases).
Currently, the weather system is going through malfunctioning phase, and it is too confused to regulate rains and melting glaciers. Floods and other diseases such as dengue virus and many other diseases are just natural result of unnatural human behaviour. However, more research is needed to establish a link between climate change, abnormal rains, flooding and dengue or other viral diseases. Nevertheless, any abuse of the “natural set up” is always followed by surprises such as the ones we are presently faced with. No matter what! We always tend to shift blame of these natural repercussions onto “misfortune” or “Divine’s vengeance.”
Too late too little: A global consensus is building up to agree that climate change is humankind’s greatest threat in modern times and is likely to have profound consequences for socio-economic sectors such as health, food production, energy consumption and security and natural resource management.
Sadly but surely, despite Pakistan’s very little contribution to the overall greenhouse gas emissions, it remains severely impacted by the negative effects of climate change by the following factors: Glacier melting in the Himalayas is likely to increase flood activity affecting water resources within the next two to three decades. Followed by decreased river flows over time as glaciers recede, freshwater will decrease leading to biodiversity loss. Coastal areas bordering the Arabian Sea in the southern Pakistan will be at the greatest risk due to increased flooding from the sea and rivers. A drastic decrease in crop yields in Pakistan is already showing up.
Recent flooding is so catastrophic that it has displaced approx ten million people in Sindh, while dengue epidemic in Lahore alone has reportedly affected local residents in very large number- forcing educational institutions to remain closed for ten days. Angry people are voicing their opinion claiming that the floods in Sindh and dengue outbreak in Punjab are both man-made disasters due to a lack of appropriate planning ahead of time. Naturally, the blame game goes against the incompetent governance, ailing administration on account of their selfish intentions and general laziness. It seems clear; we will be living with dengue for some time to come. According to the visiting Sri Lankan experts it could take up to a decade to strategically eliminate the virus.
On the other hand, a bitter reality is that our leaders remain addicted to carrying beggar’s bowl as usual to raise funds to deal with the current dengue and flood crises. Islamabad and the UN have jointly launched an appeal for raising $357million for flood relief in foreign donations to urgently help seven million victims of catastrophic floods and dengue virus.
It’s a painful truth that the rulers are not serious or sincere enough to build more reservoirs or dams probably because of their political interests, affiliations or other reservations.