PRCS deploys teams in Sindh’s flood emergency areas


KARACHI: The Sindh Branch of Pakistan Red Crescent Society (PRCS) has activated its Disaster Management mechanism and deployed Branch Disaster Response Teams (BDRT) in flood emergency declared areas of Sindh.

The District Disaster Response Team volunteers of Disaster Management (DM) Cells have started helping evacuation process of the local authorities for taking the affectees to the safe places.

According to statement released by PRCS Sindh Branch that a 24/7 flood emergency control room has been established at PRCS-Sindh Provincial Headquarters Karachi to monitor the flood situation and PRCS Sindh emergency response operations in the province.

Specialized emergency assessment teams comprising staff and volunteers from the provincial HQ and district branches are in process of deployment in affected districts and will commence emergency information collection in coming days. PRCS Sindh medical units such as mobile health units (MHUs) along with health staff are also on standby for possible deployment in affected districts to facilitate medical interventions.

In addition to activate the unit, the provincial HQ has instructed the Red Crescent hospitals and medical facilities in Hyderabad, Sukkur and Khairpur for the activation of their emergency protocols to respond to any surge in flooding situation anywhere in the province. Red Crescent 4x 4 ambulances have been relocated on strategic places at the District Branches for backup support in health units.

Sindh Red Crescent has also put on alert the Karachi based Urban Disaster Response Teams (UDRTs) in five districts of the city to support the local government in any flooding emergency response measures in the city and possible deployment in other districts of the province.

The PRCS Sindh logistics department in collaboration with Disaster Management and Health Department has activated the pre determined supply chain management procedures for the pre positioning of disaster preparedness stock and medicines for flood relief effort.