PDMA working on monsoon contingency plan: officials

PESHAWAR: The Provincial Disaster Management Authority, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, was working on a monsoon contingency plan in consultation with all stakeholders to identify monsoon hazards, vulnerabilities, risks and resource mapping for minimizing disaster risk and a timely coordinated response, officials said on Tuesday.

The results of the contingency plan strengthen prevention, mitigation and response to monsoon-related disasters, they added.

In this regard, they said, a series of pre-planning/orientation meetings were held with representatives from the district administration, line departments, federal and provincial universities and humanitarian partners.

“We have started the monsoon contingency planning process from the 1st week of March 2022 involving all stakeholders and a contingency plan will be developed by mid-May. Data collection tools are developed and shared with all stakeholders, including district/sector specific risk information and vulnerability profile, risk impact, damages, compensation paid, mapping of resources, needs assessment and coordination,” said PDMA Director General Sharif Hussain.

He added that natural hazards and resulting disasters have caused massive losses in people’s lives and livelihoods, which has retarded economic growth.

PDMA spokesman Taimur Ali said the PDMA has started the process of introducing a proactive preparedness regime in line with the guidelines set by the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) to streamline the response at provincial levels. and district level in coordination with all stakeholders.

Taimur Ali maintained that the PDMA had installed flood early warning systems (EWS) in the upper watersheds. “This system has been installed on seven (07) major rivers in the province like Swat River at Khwazakhela, Swat River at Chakdara Bridge, Panjkora River at Jabalot Unkor Bridge UC Bibyawar, Upper Dir, Munda Head Works, Abazai, Kalpani River, Mardan Ring Road Bridge, rivers/nallahs to monitor water level and generate early warnings to protect human lives,” he added.