Flood crisis cell needs to be established at provincial level

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Better coordination would yield quick information gathering and assist in the relief work of flood affectees. Both PDMA and NDMA need to sit together regularly and frequently to collect updated data on (IDPs) internally displaced people and assistance relief work.

The flood related cell also needs to be established immediately at provincial level to work in close coordination with (NFRC) National Flood Response Centre. Federal Minister planning, development and national reform Prof. Ahsan Iqbal said during a meeting with CM Sindh Syed Murad Ali Shah today. Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari was also present at the occasion.

Ahsan Iqbal Further said that Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has directed all the stakeholders to work together and ensure synergy in the services. No single stakeholder either NGO or provincial government or NDMA can tackle a catastrophe of such a higher magnitude, he added.The Planning and development Minister also suggested the Sindh Government to designate a focal person for the Planning Division.

The focal person could keep in close coordination with the Federal Government through a dedicated team of experts and efficient bureaucracy, he added. Bilawal Bhutto Zardari emphasized on grass root level strategy to face the prodigality of Flood related destruction in Pakistan. He further said that an emergency-like situation had been created.

The uniform and well-coordinated strategy among the provincial government, Civil Society and NDMA at district level could control the pandemonium.

 

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