Pakistan lacks efficient flood warning system, says NDMA as seasonal torrential rains declare 134 lives

Islamabad, August 30

Pakistan has neither an efficient telemetry system nor trendy climate forecast radars for well timed prediction of flooding, the nationwide catastrophe administration company has mentioned, as seasonal torrential rains claimed 134 lives and injured 81 others within the final over two months because the monsoon started within the nation.

Telemetry is the automated recording and transmission of information from distant or inaccessible sources to an IT system in a special location for monitoring and evaluation.

Every 12 months, Pakistan wrestle to deal with the annual monsoon deluge and different rain-related incidents which trigger enormous lack of life and properties. The monsoon season runs from June-July by means of September.

Monsoon rains are lashing Pakistan at a time when authorities are attempting to comprise the unfold of the coronovirus, which prompted 6,288 deaths since February when the nation reported its first case.

Nine extra folks — 5 in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province and 4 in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) — died in a single day, pushing the nationwide monsoon-related demise toll to 134, the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) mentioned on Sunday.

“Of these killed, 61 are males, 14 females and 59 kids,” it mentioned, including that 81 folks, together with 10 within the final 24 hours, have been additionally injured in varied rain-related incidents throughout the nation.

According to the National Monsoon Contingency Plan 2020 compiled by the NDMA, “The country still does not have an effective aviation system to deal with flood disasters and other catastrophes,” The report famous that Pakistan has a medium and long run forecast system able to precisely predicting the climate for a interval of solely 7 to 15 days whereas the seasonal climate forecast accuracy fee can also be no more than 65-70%, the Express Tribune reported on Saturday.

The contingency report indicated that Pakistan is counting on previous know-how for climate forecast which makes it troublesome to make commonplace and correct atmospheric predictions. It mentioned the supply of information on the discharge of water within the japanese rivers is dependent upon well timed info from India.

There isn’t any telemetry system for flash flood warning within the mountainous areas in Khyber Pakhtunkwa, South Punjab, Balochistan and PoK, the report mentioned.

It additionally underlined that Pakistan doesn’t all the time have an aviation system prepared for catastrophe administration.

Seasonal torrential rains in Pakistan have up to now claimed 48 lives in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, adopted by 34 in Sindh, 17 in Balochistan, 14 in Punjab, 11 in Gilgit-Baltistan area and 10 in PoK.

Among these injured, 42 have been reported from Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, 13 from Balochistan, 9 from Sindh, eight from Punjab, 5 from PoK and 4 from Gilgit-Baltistan.

Floods and landslides triggered by heavy rains broken 1,001 homes totally and 435 others partially, the NDMA mentioned.

The authorities have up to now supplied about 830 tons of meals to folks affected by rain and associated mishaps. They have been additionally given 14,985 tents, 2,956 blankets and a couple of,200 mosquito nets along with different provides.

Monsoon rains hit the sub-continent yearly in summer time, bringing heavy downpour that set off floods and landslides and displace tons of and hundreds of individuals. PTI

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