For two years in a row, Pakistan has been hit by heavy rains and severe flooding. Since July 2010, over 29 million people have been affected and 3.2 million homes damaged. This year alone, around 2.7 hectares of farmland has been destroyed and 675,000 people displaced from their homes.
While the death and destruction is nothing but unfortunate, the floods have also underscored sources of disaster-resilience within the Pakistani society. We would do well to study them and build them into our strategies to face extreme climate events, as they threaten to become more and more frequent.
In this interview, Naseer Memon, Chief Executive of Pakistani civil society organisation SPO, details this very point in the context of the 2010 floods and the role of the government, the media and aid agencies.