The Pakistan Red Crescent Society (PRCS) is setting up emergency operational centres at provincial level as a part of its monsoon preparations, said a press release issued in Islamabad on Thursday.
The centres have already been set up in Punjab, Sindh and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, while the centres in Balochistan, Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) and Gilgit-Baltistan are in the process of being set up.
The centres aim to collect “latest and credible information” from the ground and based on that information the most urgent needs of the victims would be met in case of monsoon disaster, said PRCS Director Operations M Ateeb Siddiqui. He was briefing the participants of a meeting held in Islamabad to review the monsoon preparations, said the press release.
Siddiqui said that the PRCS plans to support over 43,000 families all over the country including FATA and AJK based on weather reports of different climatic centres in case of medium impact during the monsoon.
He added that 43 disaster management cells of the PRCS all over the country are fully prepared to support flood victims in coordination with the local authorities in the best possible way.
The PRCS has recently trained hundreds of volunteers to meet the challenges and prepare the community in their respective areas in case of floods during the coming monsoon, Siddique said.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 6th, 2012.
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