CM chairs PDMA meeting to review possible flood situation


LAHORE, July 10 (TNS): Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar chaired the meeting of Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) at his office here on Wednesday. The meeting approved to change the name of the cabinet committee on flood to the cabinet committee on disaster. The Chief Minister directed to ensure complete arrangements for combating the possible threat of flood due to rains and snow-falling. He added that there is no room for any leniency in this regard and directed to ensure effective safety arrangements in the areas adjacent to Sindh River and other riverine areas. Timely information should be provided to the local administration and provincial departments and other relief agencies should maintain close liaison while the government will provide required resources to the PDMA. The Chief Minister was briefed that the flow of water in rivers is daily monitored and early flood warning system is fully effective and the provision of timely information is being ensured through various software. Similarly, different types of media platforms, including social media, are also being used for providing updated information about the water situation in rivers. The flow of water in Sindh River is, so far, as usual. The metrological department officials informed that rain spell may start in different areas from next week. There is no sign of large scale floods; however, the option of low and medium scale flood cannot be ignored. Provincial ministers, spokesman to CM, SMU head Fazeel Asif, chief secretary, chairman P&D and others attended the meeting.