PR No. 161 NDMA, PDMA KP and FDMA Consultative Meeting on Pre Monsoon Preparedness and Contingency Planning Islamabad: June 22, 2016

NDMA initiated Monsoon preparation process including planning, consultations and coordination with all stakeholders, provincial / regional and State Disaster Management Authorities (DMAs) and all related departments ever since the start of 2016. Detailed planning process followed ground coordination and review of preparations down to district level. This comprehensive process closely supervised by Chairman NDMA culminated into the National Monsoon Preparedness Conference held on 9th Jun 2016 at Islamabad. Resultantly, a National Monsoon Contingency Response Directive 2016 was formulated.

In order to consolidate efforts, series of consultative meetings commenced. First meeting was held on 17th Jun 2016 at PDMA Sindh Karachi chaired by Chairman NDMA coupled with a meeting with Chief Secretary Sindh. Second high level consultative meetings was held on 22nd Jun 2016 with PDMA KPK and FATA Disaster Management Authority (FDMA) at Peshawar.

The meeting at Peshawar was chaired by Chairman NDMA, Major General Asghar Nawaz. NDMA officials, representatives of PDMA Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and FDMA participated in the meeting.

DG PDMA Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Mr. Amir Affaq and Director Operations FDMA briefed the Chairman NDMA on preparations for monsoon-2016, existing gaps and preventive measures undertaken based on past experiences and state of preparedness of all relevant departments.

Chairman NDMA appreciated the efforts, emphasized urgent need of addressing the shortfalls, further improvement of Community Early Warning Systems (EWS) in vulnerable areas of flash floods & GLOF, timely stockpiling of required relief items especially at district level and completion of ongoing flood protection schemes beside a need for continuous and vigilant monitoring of Flood Situation.

Chairman further asked for storage of wheat especially in the vulnerable areas of Malakand and Hazara Divisions, prepositioning of earth moving machinery at critical bridges and road sections, enhancement of measures against rains in TDP camps and early procurement of additional rescue equipment for Army.

After holding consultative meeting, Chairman NDMA had a detailed meeting with Chief Secretary Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Mr. Amjad Ali Khan wherein need for efficient surveillance of ground situation before and during emergencies was stressed. Discussions also included operational matters as related to the Disaster Management at provisional level.  Chairman NDMA assured all possible support to the provincial authorities.