Pakistan, a country located in the South Asian region, is no stranger to extreme weather conditions and natural disasters. The country has been subject to various forms of heavy rainstorms for centuries now; however, the amount of rainfall and its effects on the nation have considerably increased over the last few decades. This article seeks to explore Pakistan’s history with heavy rainstorms, as well as analyze contemporary issues resulting from them.
Historically speaking, it goes without saying that heavy rainstorm events have caused immense damage and disruption throughout Pakistan’s past. The most severe event occurred in November 1930 when a major monsoon caused massive floods throughout much of southern Punjab province. These floods ravaged many villages that lay in their path with some estimates suggesting that around 1 million people perished due to this disaster (The Pakistan Epidemiological Bulletin). In addition to this tragedy, there were several other notable flash flood events which took place during the 1950s and 1960s including those which impacted Baluchistan province in 1954 and Sindh province in 1964 (Met Office).