22
Jul

How Monsoon Rains are Horrible for the Homeless

The hot summer days of the months of May and June make it difficult for people to work in their daily lives. Global warming has had its effect and it seems like every year, the summers are getting hotter and hotter but as soon as the monsoon rains hit home, we rejoice. The first drop of rain from the sky fills us up with hope. Several families from all around the Southern cities of Pakistan go out into their balconies, roofs, and on the streets to enjoy themselves.

The hot summer days of the months of May and June make it difficult for people to work in their daily lives. Global warming has had its effect and it seems like every year, the summers are getting hotter and hotter but as soon as the monsoon rains hit home, we rejoice. The first drop of rain from the sky fills us up with hope. Several families from all around the Southern cities of Pakistan go out into their balconies, roofs, and on the streets to enjoy themselves.

However, there are people that we do not know about who rain is a complete nightmare. These people dread at the thought of it pouring down on their scrap homes with no foundations and no backup resources to sustain themselves. They do not receive a choice in being homeless or not and must do with what they are left with after the sunshine returns.

The reality of the monsoon rains is very different from what the mainstream media shows us. If you were to take a stroll through a scrap-house settlement, you will gaze upon the harsh conditions these people face. It’s hard for them as it is but to have it tripled is what can be avoided if certain measures are taken.

Homeless in the Cities

When you’re surrounded by tall, brick, empty buildings and people throwing away food because they have too much of it, it begs a question if the capitalistic way of going about life is the right away. Because while that happens, there are people who are in need of the food that is thrown out and the buildings that can provide them with shelter but still lay empty inside.

Being homeless in the city then becomes an odd statement because cities always have enough spaces to hold their homeless. Only, the homeless may not have enough money to live in those spaces so they have to try their luck out under bridges and anywhere else that provides a roof over their heads. However, these aren’t permanent solutions because as the rains hit, these places are susceptible to getting wet and so are these people.

Those with scrap homes have to watch as their hard work is put to the test as the rain hits their home and tears it apart as it leaves. They might lose their food in the process as well as any dry clothes that may have prevented them from getting sick. This leads to future expenses and a never-ending spiral of despair to people who already need a break.

Homeless in the Rural Sides

The rural side is a completely different story. While monsoon rains can wreak havoc in cities with poor drainage systems like Karachi and Hyderabad, they have an even worse effect in the dirt areas of rural Sindh and Punjab. For starters, any villages or settlements that are close to the river Indus are in direct threat of being flooded because these settlements settle on flood plains.

Major floods not only sweep away the homes but also any means of living like livestock or grain that the farmers may have harvested from their fields. While it is true that the floods revitalize the land with valuable alluvium, they also bring destruction.

The homelessness makes families insecure of the elements as well as thieves who steal away at any valuable possessions that these individuals may possess. They become very vulnerable to the outside world and government assistance can only do so much for them. Not a pretty picture, is it?

What’s the solution?

Abstract Hub exists to solve necessary problems in the environment and communities around us. Homelessness and the poor state of housing in the country is one such problem. With the invention of Oko Pods, Abstract Hub brings a cheap alternative to brick and mortar houses that are equally durable, eco-friendly, and fully sustainable on their own. The cheap overhead price of an Oko Pod gives the governments, NGOs, Corporate, and private donors an opportunity to invest in these options and provide homes to thousands of families all over Pakistan.

Conclusion        

It is easy to get lost in your own joy when others in your community are suffering. People need to adapt to the idea of altruism i.e. that they can help someone else out selflessly. Being homeless can be a scary experience and having to be homeless every single year is unimaginable. We urge anyone who reads this on a call-to-action in trying to find other alternative ways to help out. Donate or invest in projects that have nothing to do with you but everything to do with keeping another life safe on this planet of ours. After, all. There is room for everyone if we decided to share.