Monday September 05, 2022

PM Terms Efficient Drainage System Critical to Protect Country Against Natural Disasters

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has directed the authorities concerned to prepare a robust National Flood Control Plan with due diligence and after consultation with the international experts in the field.

He gave these directions while chairing the first meeting of National Flood Response and Coordination Centre in Islamabad on Monday.

The Prime Minister also directed to constitute a committee to present a viable plan for improvement of drainage system in the country in order to minimise the damages inflicted by floods in the future.

He asked the provincial chief secretaries to ensure effective implementation of the zoning laws and regulations on land use in river bed to avoid any such catastrophe in the future.

Shehbaz Sharif said efficient drainage system and disaster-resistant infrastructure are critical to protect the country against natural disasters.

The Prime Minister emphasised that a joint survey by the representatives of National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), Provincial Disaster Management Authorities (PDMAs), Pakistan Army Engineering Corp and provincial revenue departments is being done to ascertain credible data on the scale of losses to life, property and infrastructure inflicted by the recent rains and floods in all parts of the country in order to expedite and further coordinate various relief efforts being made to address the historic calamity.

Earlier, the Prime Minister was briefed by National Flood Response and Coordination Centre (NFRCC) team.  He was informed that NFRCC was implementing a three-pronged strategy of rescue, relief and rehabilitation to effectively minimise the damages caused by the historic rains and floods in the country, especially in Sindh and Balochistan.

It is important to mention that the NFRCC was set up on the direction of the Prime Minister to coordinate the flood relief efforts of the federal and provincial departments in order to cope with the damages done by this historic climate change-induced natural calamity. 

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