December 8, 2023

24/7 alert to deal with the possible danger of floods: CM Hamza Shahbaz


Chief Minister Hamza Shahbaz Sharif has ordered administrative machinery to remain on 24/7 alert in view of the monsoon season and possible floods. He also asked the commissioners to complete their preparations because of the threat of urban flooding and deluge. Timely evacuation of populations within the river bed should be the priority; he said and stressed removing encroachments inside river beds.
In this regard, public representatives should also be taken on board to ensure timely evacuation of populations within river beds, he added. Weather conditions are highly unpredictable and unusual; therefore, the level of preparation also requires extraordinary measures, he said. The preparedness should be conspicuous at the grassroots and any loophole should be plugged in without delay. The CM said that the real challenge is to execute the plan and made it clear that he would take stern action if people face any difficulty. All concerned provincial and federal agencies should perform their duties under coordinated and best coordination; he reiterated and directed the commissioners to submit their reports after inspection of rivers’ embankments in their areas. He said that all arrangements should also be audited by a third party for authentic information and data at the government level. The third-party audit should be done with a professional approach; he added and ordered to establish an institutional mechanism for third-party audit.
He further said that in case of any sudden calamity, the health department should have an ample supply of essential medicines, especially for the treatment of snake bites. Issues related to WASAs should be resolved without delay and constant liaisons be maintained with distribution companies to ensure power supply in the rainy season, he further said.

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