PDMA prepare to handle emergency-like situation: DG

Lahore—Director General Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) Jawad Akram Monday said the authority was fully prepared to cope with floods as it has taken ample rescue and relief measures during current monsoon season.
Talking to APP, he said on the instructions of chief minister Punjab, all agencies and departments had been asked to complete their preparations in view of any untoward incident. He said besides PDMA, Rescue 1122 and other institutions had been put on high alert and now they would response quickly and provide relief activities.
The PDMA DG said the Punjab government had made elaborate arrangements for dealing with emergency like situation, as extra staff had already been assigned the duty to drain out rainy water especially from low lying areas.
He mentioned that the authority was in close touch with Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (SUPARCO) in order to monitor situation of all the rivers of the province through satellite.
He said a modern software had also been developed through which information would be obtained regarding flow of water and its impact on the surrounding areas.
He said as soon as SUPARCO informed the authorities about danger of flood in any area, or city, the control room would immediately share the information with the authorities concerned who would forward instructions to the district administrations so that they could take precautionary measures. “This scientific alarming system will help the PDMA in minimizing the loss of life and property in high-risk areas,” he mentioned.
PDMA instructed the residents of low-laying areas to move their important households from basements to upper floors or safer places. It also advised the masses to keep themselves protected from viral diseases which usually breakout in such season. “Also, ensure the animals’ vaccination in order to avoid the epidemics must store their food in dry places and do not rope animals with electric poles”, it added.
Citizens were also asked to avoid taking baths in rivers and canals. They asked people not to touch bare wires, avoid usage of electrical home appliances with faulty, bare and cracked electrical wires.
PDMA suggested citizens to contact Deputy Commissioner Office (DCO), Transportation Management Office (TMO), Water and Sanitation Agency (WASA) or Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) helpline number ‘1129’ in the case of any emergency.—APP

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