World Bulletin / News Desk
The Pakistan government will seek prior information from India on releases of dam water to prepare itself for staving off the sudden gush which plays havoc in Pakistan.
At the end of a two-day national conference held to review monsoon preparedness, Chairman of the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) Major Gen Muhammad Saeed Aleem told reporters: “We have asked Pakistan Commission for Indus Water to take up the matter with India”.
The release of dam water without any warning by India in the past has made the country suffer from huge losses. However, the upper state (India) is bound under the Indus Water Treaty to provide information before making such a move.
Approximately 50 districts across the country have been identified as prone to monsoon rains and flash floods. The NDMA chief said it was difficult to predict which places would face most.
Forecasts done by the Meteorological Department has shown that there will be below-normal monsoon rainfall in July-September which will gradually increase in northern parts during August.
He said, that the Met office will constantly be updating the forecast due to technological weaknesses involving radar coverage and modern gadgetry.
Gen Aleem said all five rivers experienced high flooding last year but the loss was less than in 2012 because of an effective coordination mechanism and timely evacuation of vulnerable communities.
He added that the national flood protection plan would be ready this year which would reduce the amount of flood losses.
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