Monsoon Rains to Cause Devastating Floods in Pakistan

Monsoon Rains to Cause Devastating Floods in Pakistan

Islamabad, June 28, 2024 – Romina Khurshid Alam, Coordinator to the Prime Minister on Climate Change and Environmental Coordination, has issued a stark warning about the potential for devastating floods due to upcoming monsoon rains in Pakistan.

Speaking at a meeting of the task force on global warming and heat waves, Romina emphasized the urgent need for preparedness and proactive measures to mitigate the impact of these natural disasters.

Romina highlighted the critical importance of effectively communicating information about relief camps established in vulnerable areas. She stressed the utilization of all available media platforms, including digital, electronic, radio, and mosque loudspeakers, to ensure that information reaches potential victims effectively. This proactive approach aims to facilitate quick access to relief and support for communities at risk.

“The hazards posed by heat waves and floods during monsoon rains cannot be stopped, but they can be handled,” Romina stated, underlining the need for collaborative efforts across various sectors to protect food security, public health, and the national economy from the severe threats posed by these natural calamities.

Addressing specific concerns, Romina urged authorities to tackle issues such as unauthorized tree cutting and the dumping of trees in nullahs (streams) during monsoon rains, which could exacerbate flooding risks, particularly in regions like Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) and Kashmir. Such actions can potentially damage infrastructure, including bridges, during periods of heavy rainfall and flooding.

The meeting reviewed decisions made in previous sessions of the task force held on June 7th and June 14th, emphasizing the coordinated efforts required from federal and provincial departments, including disaster management authorities, health, education, agriculture, water, and energy departments.

Representatives from key agencies including the National Disaster Management Authority, Ministry of Science and Technology, Ministry of Climate Change, Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination, and the Pakistan Meteorological Department participated in the meeting. Provincial government officials also joined via video link, providing updates on preventive measures undertaken to safeguard lives and livelihoods from both heat waves and anticipated monsoon floods.

Preventive measures highlighted for the monsoon rains in the meeting included the establishment of relief camps, resource mapping, desilting of nullahs, public awareness campaigns, stock maintenance, and mock exercises to test contingency plans. These measures aim to enhance readiness and response capabilities to mitigate the socio-economic impacts of potential natural disasters.

As Pakistan prepares for the monsoon season, the focus remains on proactive measures and effective coordination among stakeholders to minimize the impact of floods and other weather-related emergencies on communities across the country.