LAHORE: Director General (DG) Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) Punjab Mudassar Waheed Malik had said that the authority was in close contact with Meteorological Department to obtain latest information regarding weather situation on daily basis.
He said that 10 meetings of cabinet committee on floods had been conducted to ensure preparedness in the wake of possible floods during the monsoon season this year. He assured that PDMA Punjab was ready to cope with monsoon rains and possible floods. He said that in order to deal with any untoward situation like floods, PDMA Punjab had distributed 764 boats, 764 OBMs, 11,000 life jackets, 4,000 life rings, 13,000 dewatering sets, 48,000 tents, 49,000 plastic mats, 43,000 mosquito nets and 30 generator sets in flood prone districts of the province.
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He further said that all the District Disaster Management Authorities (DDMAs) were conducting meetings on regular basis. He said that PDMA Punjab in collaboration with different district administrations had also conducted mock exercises to ensure preparedness. “The idea was to check whether they could handle expected flood threats and rescue operations”, he added.
He said that fire audit and mock exercise had been conducted at PDMA Muzaffargarh Warehouse as a preparedness activity to cater any unpleasant situation arising out of fire. He said that the employees of Muzaffargarh Warehouse were being trained in order to avoid any loss of life and property during the upcoming flood season. He said that such exercises would help to improve the capacity of the departments to deal with emergency situations.
He said that Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif had reviewed the pre-flood arrangements by the PDMA Punjab and had expressed satisfaction over them.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 1st, 2017.