Islamabad – Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday stressed for greater coordination amongst all federal and provincial institutions to cope with the challenges posed by climate change.
Chairing a meeting of National Coordination Committee for Floods here, the Prime Minister directed the Chairman of the National Disaster Management Authority to assess the damages caused by recent rains in Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province with the cooperation of provincial governments so that the relief activities could be accelerated and a joint strategy could be prepared to compensate the victims for the losses.
The Chairman NDMA briefed the prime minister about the current monsoon, situation of rains in various parts of the country, losses of life and property and relief activities being carried out by NDMA. The Prime Minister directed the Chairman NDMA to assess the damages caused by recent rains in Sindh and Khyber Pakhtoonkhawa in coordination with the provincial governments so that relief activities could be stepped up and a joint strategy could be formulated by the federal and provincial governments regarding the compensation for the damages incurred to those struck by the deluge.
The Meteorological Department and Flood Commission authorities told the prime minister that due to the recent monsoon, majority parts of the countrym particularly Sindh and Balochistan, received more rains this year.
About the rivers situation, the PM was informed that all the country’s rivers at present were flowing at medium levels.
The Prime Minister was further informed that as all the dams had filled to their full capacity due to recent rains the availability of water in the country would remain satisfactory.
Provincial Chief Secretaries apprised the meeting of human and material losses caused by the recent rains in Sindh, Punjab, Khyber Pakhtoonkhawa and Balochistan provinces and the relief activities being carried out.
The meeting was told by the concerned authorities that as the current spell of monsoon would subside by the middle of September, there were little chances of more floods in the country.
The meeting was also briefed about the relief activities being performed by the Pakistan Army.
Minister for Information Senator Shibli Faraz, Minister for Communications Murad Saeed, Minister for Water Resources Muhammad Faisal Vawda, Chairman National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) Lt. Gen. Muhammad Afzal, Chairman National Highway Authority (NHA), Chairman Flood Commission, Director General Meteorological Department and other senior officers were present in the meeting which was also attended by provincial Chief Secretaries through video-link.