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.
موسم برسات میں ہنگامی صورتحال سے متعلق ہم نے قدرتی آفات سے نمٹنے کے قومی اور صوبائی محکموں کے حکام پر زور دیا ہے کہ وہ متوقع مون سون بارشوں کے ممکنہ تباہ کن اثرات سے نمٹنے کے لیے تمام تر پیشگی احتیاطی تدابیر سمیت مربوط حکمت عملی اختیار کریں۔ 1/5 pic.twitter.com/OZG8vNonvF
— SenatorSherryRehman (@sherryrehman) June 21, 2022
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.
“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.