CS seeks strict coordiantion to tackle upcoming monsoon season

Karachi: Chief Secretary Sindh Mohammad Siddiq Memon has advised the Secretaries of the Home, Health, Irrigation and Local Government Departments and all Divisional Commissioners to ensure strict disciplinary coordination and liaison with PDMA (Provincial Disaster Management Authority) in view of the coming monsoon 2015.

He categorically noted that acute measures must be adopted to combat the monsoon, with a view to save the precious human lives, livestock and properties in the best and larger national interest.

He expressed these views while presiding over a high level meeting in Sindh Secretariat on Tuesday, which reviewed the state of preparedness and contingencies planning for monsoon season 2015. The meeting was attended by Chairman NDMA (National Disaster Management Authority), SMBR/Commissioner Karachi Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui, Additional Chief Secretary Planning & Development Mohammad Waseem, Secretaries of Agriculture, Health, Home, Local Government, Irrigation and Director General PDMA, Commissioners of Hyderabad, Sukkur, Larkana, Mirpurkhas and SBA (Shaheed Benaziarabad).

The chief secretary asked the administrative scretaries and commissioners to strategically resolve the issues linked to the monsoon and mutually cooperate. He specifically directed the administrator KMC to keep Karachi clean in all circumstances despite pressure and stress by using available resources. There should be no negligence to this effect, he emphasized.

Chairman NDMA Maj Gen Asghar Nawaz apprised the meeting that all out efforts were being made to combat the msoon 2015, as well every possible assistance would be furnished to the provinces in due course. He, however, desired the requirements systematically.

DG PDMA Salman Shah made a presentation on the preparedness of the assignment to combat the mosoon with a request that the Line Department must be on alert to cope with any untoward situation and to prepare contingencies plan.

Concluding the discussion, Mohammad Siddiq Memon stressed the need for reasonable liaison with all the nation building departments and expected that all line departments shall devotedly and zealously look into the maters for their purposeful solution. He desired that every body should remain on alert and keep in view that as per recent years experience.

The meeting after deliberated discussion, decided the departmental action specified below;

As encroachment on river flood planes enhance risk and vulnerabilities, iIrrigation department to furnish certificates on encroachment-free river flood plane. It will also furnish certificate that all Zamindari Bunds have been removed. Ensure the de-sitting of canals and drains and pre-identification of breaching points so as to avoid damage of hydrological structures of national importance.

Local government department to ensure timely cleaning of chocked water drainage system and de-silting of nallas and to ensure the functioning of the all de-watering machine available with Local Government Department.

Livestock & Fisheries to ensure the available stock of the medicine, vaccines and feed, if required and to ensure the availabilities of veterinary officers.

Health department to ensure the paramedical staff and sufficient stock of medicines & related supplies.

KMC: To ensure that all the drains have been cleaned to facilitate smooth and quick drainage of water and removal of illegal structures.

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