The National Flood Response Coordination Center’s executive dashboard was launched on Monday by Minister of Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal to ensure transparency in relief and rehabilitation efforts. The portal was prepared on the instructions of Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif.
While formally launching the portal, Iqbal, who is also the deputy chairman of NFRCC, said “Pakistan is facing one of the biggest natural disasters which is linked to climate change. As a result, almost 33 million people have been affected and they are currently climate refugees”.
“Whatever we are doing to rehabilitate them will be done in a transparent way. This transparency will be ensured in every mode of the relief effort. The usage of national and international aid can be monitored through this portal,” he added.
He further said that the current estimate of damage is based on an early estimation as a large part of Balochistan and some parts of Sindh are still submerged under water. Final estimates of damage can only be assessed once the water recedes. “I hope this portal will be helpful and people will get an idea of the transparency of relief efforts. We will also carry out an audit of the relief aid from a renowned audit firm to ensure the aid is used in the rehabilitation of flood affectees,” the minister added,
Through this system, the public would be able to directly learn about the financial support and relief goods being received and distributed among the flood-hit people at the global, federal and provincial levels.
Apart from ensuring transparency in the ongoing process, the people and media personnel would be kept informed about the relief measures.