Weekend Sky #72 – Sep 3rd

The worst is just warming up!

More than one-third of my beloved country Pakistan is currently submerged.

The effects of heavier monsoon rains across the country from the month of June to August, along with melting glaciers from mountain ranges of Himalaya and Karakoram, that followed the most severe heat wave in the country since 1901, has caused damages of unimaginable proportions.

More than 33 million people of my country are affected directly by this catastrophe, which has not only destroyed houses and agricultural properties, but also taken taken lives of more than 1200 people, including children.

More than 700,000 livestock have been killed by this disaster, which has also damaged infrastructures across the country. Highways, bridges, railway tracks, schools, hospitals, clinics are either damaged or destroyed across flood-affected areas.

People, who owned acres of agricultural fields of crops, fruits and vegetables, are now homeless and living in tents.

The impact of this disaster will not fade away so quickly. Acres of agricultural fields, which are the backbone of Pakistan’s economy, are now submerged and there’s no enough leftover dry area in the country to pump the water out from those fields.

All of this and much more worse are over the horizon for the people of my beloved Pakistan.

We are suffering the severe impacts of world’s greenhouse gas emissions, despite contributing less than 1% in it. An estimated 1 million houses, which were destroyed by the floods, had residents with a very low carbon footprint compared to the average American or European citizen.

How much time would my beloved country need for recovery, there’s no answer for that.

But help is already reaching those who are in need. Countless charity organizations, both local and international, are sending relief goods in the areas effected by the disaster. Several countries are also sending humanitarian assistance.

As for the rest of the world: consider what has happened and happening in Pakistan as Exhibit A, courtesy of back-to-back extreme weather conditions due to human-caused global warming!


Earlier today, while watching the news of TV about the disaster, I thought about sharing some video clips and pictures on this episode of Weekend Sky but I didn’t opted for it.

I then recalled about 2020’s monsoon season, which was also a heavy one for my city, Karachi.

I took this photo from my rooftop on an August afternoon, right before a 3+ hours of showers.

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Wishing you a lovely weekend!

53 thoughts on “Weekend Sky #72 – Sep 3rd

  1. Emille September 5, 2022 / 1:09 AM

    Oh wow, such black clouds – intimidating – and destructive! Although it’s unexpected to hear you talk about climate change principles… I don’t believe in this concept myself, since it was coined by a person who had one biology course in college, and had a C (grade) in it. But I’m not an activist, so, no worry, you don’t have to avoid the subject or your beliefs.
    Hope you and your family are okay and your house is intact?

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    • Hammad Rais September 6, 2022 / 12:52 AM

      These clouds were certainly dark when they made a sudden appearance over my town.
      I have no idea about that person, who gave those climate change principals but I do understand and acknowledge the facts and figures collected by much educated individuals of our times, since we are living in the world of technological advancement, where every aspect of our planet’s behavior is observable for scientific understandings and studies.
      Me, my family and my house are fine, by the grace of ALMIGHTY ALLAH. The flood is wrecking havoc on the countryside of Pakistan while I’m living in the coastal side.

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  2. Gift N. T. September 4, 2022 / 6:31 PM

    I’m very sorry to hear about what’s been happening in Pakistan. I hope you and your loved ones will be safe, and although it’s not over and recovery takes time, I still hope that the people in Pakistan will be able to get through this eventually and the world continues to support and work toward lessening the global warming… I live in Thailand and we both gain and lose from the rain every year, although it seems that the floods in Pakistan seem much worse. Sending everyone best wishes.

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    • Hammad Rais September 5, 2022 / 12:12 AM

      Thank you very much for sharing your thoughts. Me and my family are safe but the devastation caused by the flood will impact us and all those who aren’t affected by it, not just those who had actually suffered from it.
      Just like Thailand, Pakistan also rely heavily on monsoon rains for its vast agriculture fields but this year, the story is completely different.

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  3. Aletta - nowathome September 3, 2022 / 8:29 PM

    So sorry to read about the devastating floods and heat wave! Keeping you and your family in our prayers!

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    • Hammad Rais September 5, 2022 / 12:09 AM

      Thank you, Aletta. Me and my family are safe as we live in a metropolitan city whereas flood has and is wrecking countryside areas mostly.

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  4. I. J. Khanewala September 3, 2022 / 7:01 AM

    Sadly the monsoon this year across South Asia has been awful. First Bangladesh and north-east India in June, then the peninsular and parts of western India in July, and now Pakistan in August. It is hard to remember when we loved the monsoon.

    Monsoon – the season of love

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    • Hammad Rais September 3, 2022 / 10:33 AM

      I guess our love for monsoon, in our part of the world, will not die, despite all the devastations it can bring with it.
      Monsoon season for our lands is the heart & soul. We need it but we should also understand what has been done by us, in the name of greenhouse gas emissions and global warming.

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  5. Sandy September 3, 2022 / 6:25 AM

    I’ve seen the news and it’s awful. We’ve seen catastrophic flooding in Canada too, but it doesn’t compare. Sending well wishes.

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    • Hammad Rais September 3, 2022 / 10:29 AM

      Thank you so very much, Sandy. I’m just praying that this is taken as a prime example for what we, as whole world, are doing to the only planet in our solar system which can sustain life.
      All we need is unified understand for our future generations betterment, putting aside all geo-political, color, race, ethical differences.
      Thank you very much for the wishes 🙂

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  6. Sadje September 3, 2022 / 5:45 AM

    My heat breaks every time I watch these clips or hear the news. The good thing is that so many are working tirelessly to deliver food, tents and medical help to the victims.

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    • Hammad Rais September 3, 2022 / 10:24 AM

      Heart breaking is becoming more & more frequent these days but there are hopes in many forms as well, standing against the darkness.
      Those are helping the needy at this time are the actual superheroes.

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    • Sadje September 3, 2022 / 10:26 AM

      Very true. I know an organization where the whole of the family is involved in relief work.

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    • Hammad Rais September 3, 2022 / 10:36 AM

      MASHA ALLAH to that amazing family!
      My extended family clan is gathering donations in the form of food items, clothing, medicines and more since last week. It would be delivered to the affected areas this weekend probably.

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    • Sadje September 3, 2022 / 11:38 AM

      That’s great. And that’s why we are surviving despite what the rest of the people are like. Alhamdolillah

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    • Hammad Rais September 3, 2022 / 10:17 AM

      Frightful times indeed, all over the world.
      Me & my family are safe.

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  7. bushboy September 3, 2022 / 3:51 AM

    My rain is nothing compared to what your beloved Pakistan is suffering. Thankfully our floods from earlier this year were devastating but now the land has recovered, some cities are still trying to get back and agriculture is beginning to get back to normal.

    It is lucky Australia is such a big country and the people who weren’t affected have sent fodder for the animals, sent food and clothing as well as household items for the people.

    Once adversity strikes our people all get in and help one another.

    It shall take time Hammad and I hope you and your families are safe.

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    • Hammad Rais September 3, 2022 / 10:12 AM

      Road to recovery for a country like Pakistan from such disaster is a long and treacherous one. There are countless factors behind this but I’m hopeful that we would learn some valuable lessons from this ordeal.
      Just like Aussies, who weren’t affected, people from all over Pakistan are also sending in donations in whatever form they can. My extended family clan has been gathered food & clothing items since last week, which will be send over probably this weekend.
      Me & my family are safe 🙂

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    • bushboy September 3, 2022 / 10:37 AM

      That is very good to know Hammad 🙂

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    • Hammad Rais September 3, 2022 / 10:03 AM

      I’m doing well, along with my family because we live in a metropolitan city, which is safe from the flood. Though we did received heavier than usual monsoon rains this season, which affected us in a different way. But we are fine.
      Thank you for sharing your sky 🙂

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    • Hammad Rais September 3, 2022 / 10:01 AM

      I couldn’t agree more with you, Janet. No wonder water is life and death for us.

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  8. Marsha September 3, 2022 / 1:42 AM

    Hammad, I’m so sorry. We had a speaker from Pakistan on Sunday who showed slides of the areas affected. He left on Monday to go back home. It is beyond devastating. Prayers don’t seem enough to offer. We will be donating through our church as well.

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    • Hammad Rais September 3, 2022 / 9:59 AM

      Thank you so much, Marsha. Even a little help could do so much for those who are affected. Like I said, donations are pouring in but the main concern is damaged infrastructures, to reach those in need. Air support is limited but government is managing somehow.

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    • Marsha September 3, 2022 / 10:41 AM

      It sounds like your family is out of danger. I hope this is the case.

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    • Hammad Rais September 3, 2022 / 10:49 AM

      Me & my family are safe since we live in a metropolitan city, The affected areas are mostly the small cities & towns in the countryside area, which are located up north from my city.
      Though my city did received heavier than usual monsoon rains this season, which affected us in a different way. But we are fine.

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    • Marsha September 3, 2022 / 10:58 AM

      I’m glad, but the devastation is overwhelming.

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    • Hammad Rais September 3, 2022 / 9:42 AM

      Thank you. Me & my family are safe as we live in a metropolitan city. Areas affected by the disaster are mostly small cities and towns of the countryside.

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