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PM Shehbaz directs for immediate action on forecast of heavy rainfall

ISLAMABAD: PM Shehbaz Sharif on Sunday issued instructions for immediate action on the forecast of heavy rainfall in the last week of June.

According to the Prime Minister Office, he directed the concerned ministries and departments to alert the provinces and district administrations.

The prime minister said arrangements should be made now in low-lying areas and steps should be taken for precautionary security arrangements and availability of relief equipment.

In this regard, he asked to formulate a comprehensive strategy through joint action of federation and provinces.

Shehbaz Sharif also directed to take measures to protect crops, livestock and avoid losses in agricultural areas.

On May 7, the Federal Minister for Climate Change Sherry Rehman had urged the national and provincial disaster management authorities to take all preventative measures to deal with the possible catastrophic effects of the expected heavy monsoon rains this season.

As per details, high temperature and excessive rains have been predicted for most parts of the country.

The minister for climate change had maintained that floods followed by heavy rains could cause severe damage to people’s lives and livelihoods as well as public infrastructure.

According to the 22nd Annual South Asian Climate Outlook Forum (SASCOF), most parts of the country were likely to receive extreme rainfall during the next four months of the summer monsoon (June-September).

The minister had said that the condition could lead to a flood-like situation in the country.

The report had also predicted that above-normal temperatures during the monsoon season in north, Gilgit-Baltistan, northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa could result in increased snowmelt and may result in flooding in the region which would eventually create disaster there.

Courtesy Bol News

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