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Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Flood warning: Is Pakistan ready?

Heavy floods are expected this year in Pakistan. Last year, several cities witnessed flash floods causing heavy damages. The Punjab govt has issued warning for more turbulence!

Punjab Chief Secretary Kamran Ali Afzal has urged all relevant departments to remain vigilant and improve communication with the district administration in the event of possible flooding.

On Tuesday, he gave the order while presiding over a meeting at the Civil Secretariat to assess plans for dealing with anticipated flooding.

The administrative department, according to the Chief Secretary, is responsible for providing resources in the field offices for the implementation of the flood emergency plan. He instructed the cops to devise a plan to prevent electrocution and roof collapse during rainstorms. The Chief Secretary demanded certifications from 13 districts that had not submitted preparation certificates within two days. He also directed Secretary Housing to address the issue of funding shortages in the WASAs of Faisalabad, Multan, and Rawalpindi.

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According to the Chief Secretary, infections could spread owing to standing water during floods, and the health department should guarantee that critical medicines and anti-venom vaccines are available at all hospitals and health facilities.

He ordered the divisional commissioners to clear encroachments from river, stream, and dyke banks. To deal with urban flooding, he added drains and sewerage pipes should be cleaned on a regular basis. Police officials have been asked to assist the administration during anticipated floods, according to Inspector General Police Punjab Rao Sardar Ali Khan.

The meeting was briefed by the Director General of the Provincial Disaster Management Authority, who stated that the first spell of monsoon rains is expected to begin on July 1, with above-average rainfall this year. He announced that the Central Flood Control Room would begin operations today. He determined that the districts had received tents, boats, life jackets, de-watering devices, and other equipment based on their needs. The meeting was attended by senior members of the board of revenue, the additional chief secretary (Home), administrative secretaries of agriculture, local government, and officers responsible, as well as divisional commissioners via video link.