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Flood Relief Cell established at Directorate of Emergency and Disaster Management

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Islamabad: Acting Chairman of the Capital Development Authority (CDA), Mian Waheed-ud-din has directed the concerned formations of the Authority to immediately initiate cleaning of nullahs for the smooth flow of rain water to avoid any untoward incident on the eve of monsoon rain spell in the Federal Capital. He also directed the Enforcement Directorate to constitute special teams to shift or remove the katchi abadis along the banks of nullahs at high risk zones to minimize the threats of loss of lives and property.

The Acting chairman said this during a meeting to review the state of preparedness of Flood Relief Cell (F. R Cell) established on the eve of monsoon rains here at the Directorate of Emergency and Disaster Management, Fire Headquarters situated in Sector G-7/1. The purpose of this Flood Relief Cell is to provide flood relief services to the citizens of the Federal Capital in case of any emergency during the upcoming monsoon spell.

Director General (Civic Management) would be the Chief Coordinator of the Flood Relief Cell, while the Cell will work under the administrative control of the Director Emergency and Disaster Management, Mansur Ahmad Khan, who will be the Incharge of the cell. All concerned directorates including the Directorates of Maintenance, Environment, Enforcement, Municipal Administration, Planning, E and M Maintenance, Directorate of Machinery Pool Organization (MPO) and Capital Hospital will assist and coordinate in the relief services.

The Acting Chairman was apprised that Flood Relief Cell will function round the clock, and would be equipped with latest relief devices including 20 numbers of large and small size Dewatering Pumps, vehicles including pickups, shovels, front end loaders and dumpers. Flood Relief Cell will ensure that all flushing units with operational staff are available round the clock for quick and prompt response at enquiry offices. The Acting Chairman was also informed that the Authority has requested National Disasters Management Authority (NDMA) for provision of boats to rescue the people in case of high flood, which has been agreed by NDMA. CDA has also arranged tents to provide relief to affected people in case of sever flood in the city.

The Acting Chairman directed that deployment plan be prepared and vigilance teams be constituted that will have a constant liaison with Metrological department (MeT) and district administration He also directed the Director Emergency and Disasters Management to keep a constant liaison with national disaster management authority and get all necessary help from them if needed. On the direction of the Chairman CDA, arrangements have been made to share flood level at Simly Dam with the public through media on daily basis and the same information will be communicated with District Administration (ICT). All kinds of material hindering the smooth flow of water shall be removed on emergency basis from nullahs, he directed.

The Acting Chairman CDA has also directed to ensure that Capital Hospital and all the dispensaries of CDA be kept in ready position to meet any emergency and for the provision of first-aid. He also directed the Director Health Services to ensure carrying out of proper spray and fumigation on regular basis.

The Acting Chairman CDA has appealed the residents of the Federal Capital to coordinate with the following management of Flood Relief Cell on telephones and mobile phone numbers:-

Mansur Ahmed Khan, Director Emergency and Disasters Management, Phone No.051-9253197, Cell No. 0300-5555536.

For more information, contact:
Public Relations Directorate
Capital Development Authority (CDA)
Main Office, G-7/4, Islamabad
Tel: +9251 925 2614
Email: getreply@cda.gov.pk

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