NDMA asks deptts to remain alert

Islamabad—National Disaster Management Authority on Friday directed all the concerned departments to remain alert during coming week as there is high probability of flash floods in hilly areas and urban flooding in big cities.
PMD has predicted onset of monsoon in Pakistan during the coming week most probably on Monday, Tuesday over upper parts of the country. Monsoon rains are likely to start from upper parts of country that will spread towards central and southern parts during the week.
During first spell of monsoon, widespread rains with isolated heavy thundershower and strong gusty winds are expected in Islamabad, Punjab, KP, FATA and Kashmir. While scattered rains/dust thunderstorm are also expected in Sindh and Balochistan during the coming week.
Meanwhile National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) Chairman Major General Asghar Nawaz has stressed urgent need of addressing the shortfalls, further improvement of Community Early Warning Systems (EWS) in vulnerable areas of flash floods.
“The Chairman NDMA while appreciating the efforts, emphasized urgent need of addressing the shortfalls, further improvement of Community Early Warning Systems (EWS) in vulnerable areas of flash floods & GLOF, timely stockpiling of required relief items especially at district level and completion of ongoing flood protection schemes beside a need for continuous and vigilant monitoring of Flood Situation.”
Chairing a meeting of NDMA officials and representatives of PDMA Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and FDMA, he directed to ensure storage of wheat, early procurement of additional rescue equipment to ensure prepositioning of earth moving machinery at critical bridges and road sections, sufficient stocks especially in the vulnerable areas of Malakand and Hazara divisions, and enhancement of measures against rains in TDP camps.
DG PDMA Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Amir Affaq and Director Operations FDMA briefed the NDMA Chairman on preparations for monsoon-2016, existing gaps and preventive measures undertaken based on past experiences and state of preparedness of all relevant departments.
The NDMA Chairman had a detailed meeting with Chief Secretary Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Amjad Ali Khan wherein need for efficient surveillance of ground situation before and during emergencies was stressed. Discussions also included operational matters as related to the disaster management at provisional level.—APP

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