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NDMA finalises contingency plan to tackle flash flooding

Friday, July 19, 2013 - Islamabad—National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) has finalized a contingency plan in collaboration with provincial governments, Provincial Disaster Management Authorities (PDMAs) to cope with any eventuality in case of flash flooding in vulnerable areas of the country. An official of NDMA told APP that the district authorities have been directed to remain alert and finalise contingency plan for initiating immediate relief activities in the flash flood hit areas. The authorities of vulnerable districts have been directed to strengthen coordination mechanism and continue their preparedness.
 
He said NDMA was actively pursuing a proactive approach for disaster management. A number of meetings have so far been held for monsoon preparedness. He said the chairman NDMA had attended a preparatory meeting of PDMA, KPK where issues of preparedness and measures to address the current flooding were discussed. All departments particularly Pakistan Meteorological department (PMD), PDMA Punjab, irrigation, health departments and divisional commissioners have already given detailed presentations on preparedness measure undertaken and contingency plans put in place for managing any possible disaster situation.
 
Similarly, high level meeting has already been held in AJK, Gilgit- Baltistan and Balochistan. Rivers Kabul, Swat in low, medium flood: The Federal Flood Commission (FFC) on Thursday said that all main rivers Indus, Jhelum, Chenab, Ravi and Sutlej were flowing normal while the river Kabul was in low flood stage at Warsak and medium flood stage at Nowshera. According to daily FFC report the river Swat was also flowing in low flood at Charsadda Road Bridge. The actual river flows and reservoir elevations indicates that Tarbela and Mangla Dams are at elevations of 1512.68 feet and 1201.05 feet respectively, which are 37.32 feet and 40.95 feet below their respective Maximum Conservation Levels of 1550.00 feet and 1242.00 feet.
 
The combined live storage position of Tarbela, Chashma and Mangla reservoirs is 9.225 MAF as compared to last year’s 3.897 MAF. According to Flood Forecasting Division (FFD), Lahore, yesterday’s trough of Westerly Wave continues to prevail over Northern parts of the country, whereas the Low Pressure Area over Chhattisgarh (India) has moved Northwestwards and lies over Northeastern Madhya Pradesh (India). Seasonal Low lies over Northwestern Balochistan and its trough is extending Northeastwards. Strong moist current from Arabian Sea is penetrating into upper parts of the country upto 5000 feet.
 
As predicted by the Flood Forecasting Division (FFD), Lahore, scattered thunderstorm/rain with heavy falls at one or two places is expected over Kashmir and Upper Punjab (Rawalpindi, Sargodha, Gujranwala & Lahore Divisions), including upper catchments of Rivers Indus, Jhelum, Chenab, Ravi and Sutlej during the next 24 hours.—APP
 
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