ISLAMABAD: Chairman National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) Major General Muhammad Saeed Aleem Tuesday said a smooth rescue and relief operation was underway in flood-affected areas of Punjab.
“There is a sufficient number of boats and helicopters to carry out smooth rescue and relief activities in flood-affected areas,” he told a private television.
He said all major protective embankments were intact along the River Chenab and the situation would improve after a high flood tide of over 9,00,000 cusec water would go to the Indus river on September, 12.
He said the Indus river, Sukkur and Guddu barrages have the capacity to sustain around one million cusec water, however, the NDMA has already asked the Sindh government to evacuate people from slums constructed along the Indus river specially ‘Kacha’ area as a precautionary measure.
He appreciated the Punjab government for providing sufficient relief goods at the camps set up to shelter the flood-affected people in different parts of the province.
The NDMA Chairman said the people residing along the Chenab river were not following flood alerts sounded from time-to-time by respective local administrations.
In previous flood, he said, the wave was of 3,00,000 cusec water in the river Chenab but this time it was of over 9,00,000 cusec, so “the situation is extraordinary.”
He said the inhabitants must take the flood warnings seriously and take refuge at safer places especially from where the high flood tide has yet to pass.
“I request the people not to take the warnings light, follow them and leave their houses before time to protect precious lives and valuables,” he said.
Replying to a question, Aleem said there were some technical deficiencies in prediction system of the Meteorological department, saying its long-range weather forecast system was not accurate as compared to the short- range.
“The Met department’s weekly forecast is much reliable and accurate than the months’ report,” he maintained.