KARACHI: Sindh Governor Dr Ishrat-ul-Ebad Khan on Thursday said the province could not afford any complacency due to reported decline in ferocity of flood waters entering into its border.
Following a detailed briefing given to him by relevant authorities about precautionary measures adopted by the government to combat dangers associated with expected floods in the province, he said these were appreciable yet needed to be kept updated.
“We can not afford any complacency and need to finalise arrangements to not only protect the vulnerable population but also ensure standby transportation arrangements and provision for essential goods in any case of need,” said the Governor.
He particularly directed concerned officials to ensure immediate transportation of all settlers in katcha areas (river beds) to safe locations.
Dr Ishrat said the provincial government has made all arrangements in accordance to its capacities, however, these also needed to be complimented by social welfare and philanthropic associations.
“Their support is crucial as velocity of natural disasters are increasing with every passing year and no government can single handedly brave the challenge,” said the Governor.
He said ferocity of floods and the damages caused in previous years can not be ignored nor any complacency is advisable.
Addressing the provincial secretary for settlement, deputy commissioners of flood prone and high risks areas, disaster management authorities and those representing administration, the Governor said situation is quite fluid as a minor development can trigger into major issue.
“Climatic changes and indifference towards protection of natural resources have tremendously enhanced our vulnerability,” he elaborated.
It is therefore extremely important, said Dr Ishrat to constantly review schemes made to move people and their movable property including cattle as well as other essential belongings in case of any emergency.
“Coordination with all concerned agencies including meteorological department is equally relevant so as to keep abreast of any emergency situation,” he said.
“There is every possibility that low lying areas as well as people who had moved into river beds (katcha areas) during dry seasons could be exposed to any difficult situation,” he said.
He re-emphasized importance of an efficient and active communication network coupled with round the clock functioning of health centres.