Ahsan Iqbal urges for state of the art early warning system to
check flood damages
Chitral Times Report
Federal Minister Planning, Development and Reform Ahsan Iqbal
said that concerned departments should take preemptive measures to
deal with flooding situation in view of expected twenty percent
higher than the normal rains in the upcoming monsoon season. The
concerned departments should be prepared to minimize the losses of
expected high floods in the country in the coming monsoon season.
He said that national preparedness is a composite for preparedness
at provincial levels to deal with calamity like situation due to
more than normal rain in monsoon season. Ahsan Iqbal made these
observations while chairing a high level meeting monsoon 2016
impact and level of preparedness at Ministry of Planning,
Development and Reform. The meeting was attended by officials of
federal ministries, provincial departments, Met Office and NDMA.
Meeting reviewed the expected rains in view of Met Office’s
forecast and its impacts in details. Minister Planning and
Development said that proper steps should be taken to inspect the
conditions of water reservoirs and headworks before arrival of
monsoon season and preparedness should be made for relief
activities and provision of medical facilities in the backdrop of
expected flooding in various parts of the country. Ahsan Iqbal
directed for eliminating all the shortcomings in the relief
operations, which hampered the relief activities in past when
massive floods hit the large parts of the country.
Minister said that country is passing through abnormal conditions
due to climate change distortions in recent years, which warrants
sound national level preparedness to minimize the losses of floods.
He said early warning system is first defence line against the more
than normal rains & subsequent flooding and emphasized the need to
put in place a state of the art early warning system to check the
losses from flood like natural calamities. He assured all possible
resources for installation of the early warning system to save the
country from devastation caused by floods. Ahsan Iqbal urged to
utilize the youth bulge for volunteerism in flood related relief
activities and asked Civil defence to take necessary steps for
inducting high number of youth in its volunteer network. He also
stressed for combing operations to remove the snags in drainage
system and storm water nullahs at district level.