National Post Monsoon 2016 Review Conference
Contingency Planning for Monsoon 2017 initiated
Islamabad: 10th Jan 2017
National Post Monsoon 2016 Review Conference was held at National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) on January 10, 2017. The Conference was presided over by Major General Asghar Nawaz, Chairman NDMA.
While welcoming the participants, Chairman NDMA appreciated the collaborative role of various Federal and Provincial departments to mitigate the Flood threat during Monsoon Season 2016. He stated that Climate Change presents a real threat and emphasized the need to further strengthen integrated coordination mechanism amongst all relevant stakeholders in order to ensure better preparedness. Chairman NDMA also reiterated that the aim of such conferences is to identify the gaps, record the lessons learnt and to devise most appropriate strategy for future.
Structured presentations were given by the representatives of all provincial and regional Disaster Management Authorities, Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD), Federal Flood Commission (FFC), National Highway Authority (NHA) and Representatives of Tarbela Dam and Mangla Dam Authorities, WAPDA, SUPARCO and Engineers Directorate, GHQ.
Chairman NDMA while appreciating the efforts of all concerned, highlighted that notwithstanding resource constraints and challenges thereof, a concerted as well as coordinated proactive response is much warranted to thwart the effects of flood disasters. He also emphasized the need for upgradation of the capability of Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD). In the end, Chairman NDMA observed that paucity of train human resources was a major concern and capacity building up to district and union council level was direly needed to cope up with emergency situations. He specifically emphasized that response must be configured according to degree of vulnerability for optimum utilization of resources, improvement in response to urban flooding in major city centers, rationalization of requirement of rescue equipment at district level by taking into account equipment held by Army and provinces, completion of flood protection work before June 2017, standardizations of reporting format and creations of synergy in relief/rescue efforts.