Islamabad, July 26, 2023 – The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) has issued a high alert and directed all relevant departments to take necessary precautions in anticipation of the risk of landsliding and flash flooding.
The alert comes as the meteorological office forecasts heavy rainfall over the next 48 to 72 hours.
The NDMA has instructed district administrations to remain vigilant and ensure that all emergency response machinery is ready for immediate deployment in case of any natural calamities. The staff has been put on high alert to swiftly respond to any potential emergencies.
One of the major concerns for the authorities is the monitoring of traffic towards sensitive areas. The NDMA has urged the departments concerned to closely monitor the movement of people and vehicles in regions at higher risk and notify the public in advance of any potential dangers. Additionally, they have been directed to publicize safety measures to educate and prepare citizens for any emergencies.
The meteorological office has highlighted specific regions at higher risk of landsliding, flash flooding, and other potential disasters. The areas under high alert include Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Gilgit-Baltistan, and Azad Jammu and Kashmir. In Balochistan, there is a risk of flooding in the rivers and canals due to the anticipated heavy rains. The hilly areas of southern Punjab and Balochistan are also at risk of experiencing torrential rain.
Apart from flash flooding and landslides, there is a possibility of rapid river flow and urban flooding in low-lying areas, which adds to the challenges faced by the authorities in ensuring the safety and well-being of the public.
The NDMA has emphasized the importance of proactive measures and preparedness to mitigate the potential impacts of these natural disasters. They have requested citizens to stay informed about the weather updates and follow the safety guidelines issued by local authorities during this critical period.
The NDMA continues to closely monitor the situation and work in collaboration with all relevant agencies to ensure a swift and efficient response in case of any emergencies arising from the forecasted heavy rains. The authorities urge the public to remain cautious and take all necessary precautions to protect themselves and their property during this period of heightened risk.