National, provincial disaster management departments directed for preemptive measures to cope with impact of monsoon rains

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Islamabad: In the face of climate change and the unexpected nature of monsoon rains, the government has directed all national and provincial disaster management authorities to adopt a “coordinated strategy”, including all precautionary measures to deal with the possible catastrophic effects of the expected monsoon rains.

In this regard, Minister for Climate Change Sherry Rehman said the government urged relevant authorities to take preemptive measures to cope with any unwanted situation.

In a thread of tweets on Tuesday, Federal Minister for Climate Change Sherry Rehman said Pakistan would receive the monsoon till August.

Referring to the catastrophic situation caused by the rains in northern India and Bangladesh, which left more than 40 dead and millions stranded, the minister said that the “onset of the monsoon” has already created a state of emergency in India and Bangladesh.

Read: 41 dead, millions stranded as floods hit Bangladesh, India

“Geographically, meanwhile, the foothills of the Himalayas, Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Gilgit-Baltistan, and the central parts of the Punjab region are expected to receive above-normal rainfall, but rivers and streams are more prone to flooding. Therefore, precautions need to be taken,” she added.

She said the Ministry of Climate Change has also issued Glacial Lake Outburst Flood (GLOF) alert for Gilgit-Baltistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Read: Pre-monsoon rains will lash Sindh districts on June 21-22

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