Federal Government at advent of 2019 Monsoon Season takes all necessary flood management preparatory measures

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Federal Government at advent of 2019 Monsoon Season takes all necessary flood management preparatory measures

July 12, 2019

Islamabad,
July 12, 2019 (PPI-OT): Federal Government at the advent of 2019 Monsoon Season
has taken all necessary flood management preparatory measures. Faisal Vawda,
Federal Minister for Water Resources chaired a 2019-Monsoon flood coordination
meeting in Federal Flood Commission, Ministry of Water Resources of all the
provincial and federal line agencies responsible for dealing with flood
management in the country.

Federal
Government during the last year approved 13 flood protection schemes for all
the four provinces. To manage the floods during the current monsoon season,
Faisal Vawda has directed the provincial Irrigation Departments to ensure that all
the encroachments are removed from the river beds and flood plains. Federal
Minister also urged the provincial governments to legislate for stopping
encroachments in the floodplains. The Federal Government has already
facilitated the provinces by providing a Model River Act for enactment.

At the
Federal level, Pakistan Met Department has made its Flood Forecasting Division,
Lahore functional which is disseminating daily weather and flood situation and
forecasts to all the federal provincial and district level stake holders
besides hosting on its website regularly. To facilitate provision of river
discharges, reservoirs data and flood related information to higher government
offices, a dedicated flood communication cell has also been made functional in
the Federal Flood Commission.

Federal
Minister stated that according to Met Dept, this year normal to above normal
rains are expected in Northern half of country. Our Government has ensured
complete overhaul of Flood-telemetry stations which will be fully operational
in upper river catchments to improve flood forecasting and reaction time. He
added that. Federal Flood Commission being the apex flood management agency is
fully geared up and operational to oversee all mandated responsibilities.

Further
our Indus Commissioner is in liaison with the Indian Commissioner to obtain on
daily basis flood discharge data relating to eastern rivers. Minister continued
that our Government believes in cooperative spirit for implementation of the
Indus Waters Treaty and expects the same from India. In this regard, Federal
Minister hoped that Indian government will maintain the past practice of
sharing of flood information with Pakistan to save precious lives from the
likely menace of flood.

According
to Met Dept, Seasonal Weather Outlook, this year there are chances of extreme
weather events and hence high to very high floods may be experienced besides
urban flooding for which utmost and fool proof inter agency and inter
provincial coordination needs to be ensured as top most priority the Minister
concluded.

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