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‘Measures being taken to combat monsoon floods’ impact’

By Our Correspondent
July 01, 2024
Coordinator to the prime minister on climate change Romina Khursheed Alam seen in this image. — Ministry of Climate Change and Environmental Coordination, Government of Pakistan.Website/File
Coordinator to the prime minister on climate change Romina Khursheed Alam seen in this image. — Ministry of Climate Change and Environmental Coordination, Government of Pakistan.Website/File 

Islamabad:The Coordinator to the Prime Minister on Climate Change and Environmental Coordination, Romina Khurshid Alam has said that comprehensive measures are being taken to prepare for potential floods ahead of the upcoming monsoon season.

In a statement on Sunday, she said these proactive efforts aim to minimize the impact of floods on vulnerable communities. She said the ministry is serving as a collaborative platform for all relevant departments to assess flood vulnerability in the country’s flood-prone areas and develop a unified strategy to mitigate the effects of potential floods on lives and livelihoods, agricultural crops and public infrastructure.

The PM’s coordinator said this coordinated approach, when implemented, helps in a robust response from the government departments to flood risks. "This proactive approach demonstrates the government's commitment to preparedness and resilience in the face of potential floods", Romina Khurshid Alam emphasised.

She said the ministry has convened three weekly task force meetings focused on global warming and heat waves, bringing together representatives from key agencies in June. The PM’s climate aide said that these institutions like Ministry of Climate Change, National Disaster Management Authority, Ministry of Science and Technology, Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination, Pakistan Meteorological Department, and the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting are working together to support eachother to achieve same goal.

She stated these meetings have facilitated the sharing of expertise and inputs on effective flood impact reduction measures. The Coordinator emphasized that following the safety of affected individuals, the primary concern is ensuring the provision of essential amenities at relief camps, including shelter, food, portable drinking water, medical supplies, and animal care.