Nature’s Destructiveness

Embracing each other

Five souls stood against

The behemothic river

Those very same waters

Which must’ve been their playground

Didn’t consider the friendship

They cherished the most

Before rising

Above their heads


Both picture and the poetry above aren’t fiction!

I receive this picture on WhatsApp today, as well as many videos, as horrific scenes of massive flash floods from Pakistan’s Northern areas hit the local social media like wildfire.

These five individuals lost their lives while standing atop a boulder, somewhere in the Kohistan district of KPK, right when the river level started to rise rapidly. Their fellow villagers tried the best they could to rescue them but the flood’s furious intensity hunted down its target.

In a country that receives four monsoon cycles each year, enduring the 8th cycle in 2022 is certainly a disaster.

Earlier this week, the government of Pakistan officially declared a ‘national emergency’ in light of the rain-induced floods which have claimed 937 lives, including 343 children, and left at least 30 million without shelter.

My city Karachi did receive heavy showers, starting from early July, which caused urban flooding in many areas but what I’m seeing since early this week, from different calamities that hit areas of Pakistan, is certainly the most saddening of all.

People I know, whose close relatives live in the countryside, are now homeless on their own land. Surrounded by water, they are struck with the utmost tragedy of lives.

Early Friday morning, I was all set to publish a new Weekend Sky episode for the weekend but right now, my heart and mind aren’t synchronized.

I’m sure you can understand 🙂


Click on the links below if you want to read more about this disaster in Pakistan but be advised that these links contain some disturbing images:

Pakistan declares emergency in the face of calamitous floods

Rain emergency declared in several KP districts as residents brace for ‘high to very high’ floods

How to help Pakistanis affected by the floods

12 thoughts on “Nature’s Destructiveness

    • Hammad Rais August 30, 2022 / 7:50 AM

      The situation is still not under control as the mammoth flood is making its way down below from the mountains, into the countryside. Acres of agricultural fields are already submerged, which means nothing but disaster.

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  1. Sadje August 27, 2022 / 5:56 AM

    It’s heartbreaking. Many organizations are working to help the flood victims but the need is greater than the help available

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    • Hammad Rais August 27, 2022 / 11:33 PM

      With damaged roads and railway routes on the ground, air support is the only way but it can’t cover the entire region. Waiting for the water to level down but sending help anyway possible as well.

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    • Sadje August 28, 2022 / 4:57 AM

      Same here. Many people are doing good work and we are donating to them. The government alas is nowhere on the ground, only on the tv.

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  2. anitashope August 27, 2022 / 5:32 AM

    My prayers go out to you, your family and your country. Here in the US we are in the middle of hurricane season as well with storms quickly ramping up coming over from Africa. Water can be a devastating part of nature in a very short amount of time. be safe.

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    • Hammad Rais August 27, 2022 / 11:35 PM

      Seems like entire world is suffering!
      Europe under the heatwave. Worst drought in China. Hurricane season in the US.
      All very saddening!

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