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PR No. 130 CONSULTATIVE MEETING ON PRE MONSOON PREPAREDNESS AND CONTINGENCY PLANNING HELD AT KARACHI (SINDH) Islamabad: June 17, 2016.

NDMA is holding consultative meetings in collaboration with all the provincial/ regional disaster management authorities to review preparedness about impending Monsoon Season by respective provinces/regions for upcoming Monsoon Season. In this regard, a high level meeting was convened through PDMA Sindh in Karachi  today.

The meeting was chaired by Chairman NDMA, Major General Asghar Nawaz while participants of the meeting included NDMA officials, representatives of all key provincial stakeholders including (Secretaries, Commissioners as well as key departments/line agencies) besides representatives of PDMA Sindh, PMD, Armed Forces and Navy.

DG PDMA Sindh gave detailed presentation on various contours of provincial contingency plan for Monsoon-2016, details of vulnerable districts that may fall in the threat of flooding during the Monsoon Season-2016. The DG also apprised NDMA team on the level of PDMA Sindh preparedness based on lessons learnt from previous floods across the country especially in Sindh province to cope with any rain/flood situation.

Chairman NDMA expressed satisfaction on the ongoing preparations and stressed the need for strong and efficient early warning dissemination system in place, timely prepositioning of required rescue and relief stocks at the district level. He also apprised the participants about national scale contingency plan to combat 2016 monsoon season for which NDMA organized National Conference on June 2016 and emphasized that the limitations in response mechanism be mitigated through better preparedness and enhanced coordination between all departments.

After holding the consultative meeting, Chairman NDMA also had detailed meeting with Chief Secretary Sindh Mr. Muhammad Siddique Memon where in need to better manage ground situation in case of any emergency was stressed with the support of entire provincial setup and also assured him of NDMA’s support.

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