Rescue-1122 finalises flood prevention plan for Nullah Lai

RAWALPINDI: The Rescue-1122 Rawalpindi has devised a comprehensive action plan for preventing flood in the Nullah Lai and other nullahs during the monsoon season and to mitigate flood damages in terms of deaths, injuries, and economic losses in the city.The dredging of the Nullah Lai and cleanliness of 11 other main nullahs of the town which was started by the Water and Sanitation Agency (WASA) would be completed till the mid of June, before start of the monsoon rains. While talking to the media personnel, Rescue-1122 District Emergency Officer (DEO) Abdul Rehman said that efforts are being made to improve the coordination and communication amongst the departments concerned. Steps are also being taken to enhance public awareness on situations that increase flood risks and to develop and gear up overall capabilities of the departments to manage flood related disaster.He said that all flood fighting agencies/departments have been directed to ensure completion of necessary arrangements by June 15 to combat the flood situation in the city. Army would be engaged in flood management and relief operation with the assistance of punjab emergency service (Rescue-1122). The Rescue-1122 DEO would monitor and promptly convey flood warnings to all agencies concerned and general public of low-lying areas well before time. All the departments, including Tehsil Municipal Authority (TMA), revenue, field formations, WASA, Municipal Services, health, education, agriculture, community development, food, IESCO, Civil Defense, and Rescue-1122 would maintain high state of preparedness with effect from June 15 and would ensure that their equipment/machinery is tested and operational in all respects.He said that the Dhoke Naju and Zia-ul-Haq Colony, both sides of the Ratta bridge, Bhoosa Godown, Mohanpura near Jinnah Road bridge, Javaid Colony, Tipu Road, Chamanzar Colony, Nadeem Colony, Dhoke Chiragh din, New Phagwari, Mohallah Raja Sultan, Gowalmandi and Dhoke Ellahi Buksh are the main vulnerable areas. WASA has established a flood control room at the WASA headquarters Liaquat Bagh, and four field offices at Moti Mahal, Commercial Market, Khyaban-e-Sir Syed, and Bagh Sardaran. Two water level gauging stations would be set up at Katarian bridge and Gawalmandi bridge while 10 flood warning posts would be set at TMA Rawalpindi, Christian Colony, and Water Treatment Facility Adjustment to Medical College, Rattaamral bridge, Gunjmandi, Pir Wadhai bridge, fire station Pir Wadhai, Sector IVB, Khayaban Park, Gawalmandi Children Park, and Government Middle School, Dhoke Naju.A special flood relief committee to monitor the relief and rescue activities, headed by district coordination officer (DCO) and 15 other members has also been constituted. A central flood control centre has also been established at the TMA building, Liaquat Road. The whole target area which ranges from Kattarian bridge to Chaklala bridge is divided into eight zones and 33 safe locations have been identified where evacuation centres and relief camps for effective management of flood disaster would be established.

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