Shakar Baela em­bank­ment to save peo­ple from floods

Pakistan Observer - - NATIONAL -

MUZAFFARGARH—Provin­cial Min­is­ter for So­cial Wel­fare Ha­roon Sul­tan Bukhari said con­struc­tion of em­bank­ment at river In­dus near Shakar Baela would surely help save peo­ple from dev­as­ta­tion of floods. He was ad­dress­ing a public meet­ing at Shakar Baela here on Satur­day. The min­is­ter said peo­ple of the both sides of the river were very im­por­tant for him, adding that the em­bank­ment would not af­fect any body.

DCO Shoukat Ali also high­lighted ben­e­fits of the em­bank­ment and said it would save peo­ple from floods. Mean­while, it is re­ported that Direc­tor General Provin­cial Dis­as­ter Man­age­ment Au­thor­ity (PDMA) Jawad Akram Fri­day said the PDMA was mak­ing all out ef­forts to cope with floods be­sides res­cue and re­lief mea­sures dur­ing the up­com­ing mon­soon sea­son.

Talk­ing to APP, the Direc­tor General PDMA said the Punjab gov­ern­ment al­ways al­lo­cated huge funds to cope with the sit­u­a­tion in case of any calamity. “The PDMA has de­cided to get the help of Space and Up­per At­mos­phere Re­search Com­mis­sion (SUPARCO) in or­der to mon­i­tor sit­u­a­tion of all the rivers of the province through satel­lite,” he said.

He said a mod­ern soft­ware had also been de­vel­oped through which in­for­ma­tion would be ob­tained re­gard­ing flow of wa­ter and its im­pact on the sur­round­ing ar­eas. The DG said as soon as the SUPARCO rep­re­sen­ta­tives in­formed the au­thor­i­ties about dan­ger of flood in any area, or city, the con­trol room would im­me­di­ately share the in­for­ma­tion with the au­thor­i­ties con­cerned who would for­ward in­struc­tions to the dis­trict ad­min­is­tra­tions so that they could take pre­cau­tion­ary mea­sures.

He said the sci­en­tific alarm­ing sys­tem would also help the PDMA in min­i­miz­ing the loss of life and prop­erty in high risk ar­eas. The dis­trict ad­min­is­tra­tions of the province had been or­dered to im­me­di­ately elim­i­nate en­croach­ments from the banks of wa­ter cour­ses, he said. Of­fi­cers show­ing any neg­li­gence or lax­ity will not be tol­er­ated, he warned.—DNA

LA­HORE: Chief Min­is­ter Punjab She­hbaz Sharif pre­sid­ing over a meet­ing for pro­vi­sion of bet­ter health fa­cil­i­ties to masses.

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