NDMA’s wakeup call ahead of Monsoon

AS the monsoon is fast approaching, the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) on Thursday reviewed all preparatory homework chalked out at Federal and Provincial levels to minimize the impact of impending possible floods and to streamline the rescue and relief measures and flood rehabilitation plans. The conference was chaired by its Chairman, Major General Asghar Nawaz, who has infused a new spirit in the Authority as far as its preparedness to tackle any emergency is concerned.
On many occasions in the past, both people and the authorities concerned were caught unaware by natural calamities and as a consequence the country suffered avoidable losses. Therefore, the timely move of NDMA to sensitize all stakeholders about possible dangers during the forthcoming monsoon season would surely help address the challenge effectively. This is important as already Pakistan Meteorological Department has forecast ten to twenty percent above normal rainfall across the country with high probability of heavy downpour, which may generate flash flooding along Suleman Range besides urban flooding in big cities. It is understood that NDMA’s main role and responsibility comes after natural calamities as it coordinates rescue, relief and rehabilitation efforts. The main responsibility of taking precautionary measures rests with Civic authorities, Tehsil and District administrations and Provincial governments, which have the jurisdiction and necessary paraphernalia to undertake preventive measures. We are, however, confident that General Asghar Nawaz, who has demonstrated his leadership qualities and disaster management skills in the past, would help improve coordination among all stakeholders so that they are fully prepared and motivated to cope with any emergency situation. The most important aspect of the campaign should be to strengthen early warning systems as our weaknesses were exposed in the recent dust-storm that played havoc in different parts of the country but there was no advance warning from the quarters concerned.

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