National Disaster Management Authority undertakes National Monsoon Contingency Planning

Islamabad, May 11, 2015 (PPI-OT): Before the onset of Monsoon Season, National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) as part of its annual monsoon preparedness undertakes National Monsoon Contingency Planning in coordination with all Provincial Disaster Management Authorities (PDMAs) besides State Disaster Management Authority (SDMA), AJ and K, Gilgit-Baltistan DMA and FATA DMA to better cope with any unforeseen/likely situation through joint efforts.

In this regard high level preparedness review meetings at provincial/regional level co-chaired by NDMA and respective province/Region have since commenced to analyze present preparations for monsoon-2015, identify gaps and measures undertaken based on past experiences. This shall facilitate further refinement of respective provincial contingency plans that shall be finally culminated in the form of National Monsoon Contingency Plan for 2015.

Two consultative meetings were held today in this context with PDMA Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and FATA-DMA. DG PDMA KP and DG FDMA in the presence of Secretary Rehabilitation, Recovery and Settlement KP, Additional Chief Secretary FATA and representatives of all key provincial departments/line agencies briefed NDMA team headed by Chairman NDMA, Major General Asghar Nawaz during these meetings, held at Civil Secretariat and FATA Secretariat Peshawar respectively, about the state of monsoon preparedness of various related departments of KP and FATA.

The meetings included detailed presentations on the pre monsoon contingency planning, steps taken to combat 2015-monsoon, containing review of state of preparedness for upcoming flood season 2015, progress on restoration of 2014 flood damage infrastructure. Initiatives/measures undertaken to avoid any unforeseen situation and to ensure safety of life, property and infrastructure during monsoon season were also presented.

Chairman NDMA emphasized the urgent need of addressing the identified gaps and improving further the early warning systems, timely stockpiling of required relief items, completion of ongoing flood protection schemes and operation and maintenance of vulnerable and weak irrigation and flood protection structures.

Chairman NDMA while appreciating the proactive approach of PDMA KP and FATA DMA towards monsoon preparedness strongly highlighted the need of well defined roles and responsibilities of relevant departments, to ensure smooth and better coordination and timely actions in case of any eventuality during monsoon 2015.

For more information, contact:
National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA)
Prime Minister’s Office, 2nd Floor,
Sector G-5-1, Constitution Avenue,
Post Code 44000, Islamabad
UAN: +92-51-111-157-157
Tel: +92-51-9205037
Fax: +92-51-9205086

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