Islamabad: The Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) has launched a country-wide monsoon emergency helpline ‘16’ and imposed section 144 near rivers and dams keeping in view the current spell of monsoon, according to a news story published in the leading newspapers on July 6.
PMD Director Dr Zaheer Ahmad Baber has directed all the authorities concerned to be vigilant and take precautionary measures during the forecast period. Sharing details about the emergency helpline, he mentioned that the caller will have to dial 16 and it will be redirected to the flood emergency response department.
Moreover, the director mentioned that authorities have been issuing timely warnings to the people who live near river plains and watercourses. Also, the health departments are ordered to make sure necessary medicines and staff are available. He informed that an action plan has been formulated for preventing floods in Nullah Leh and other drains of Rawalpindi.
It is pertinent to note that the regions expected to receive thundershowers and rain-windstorms include; Lahore, Faisalabad, Rawalpindi, Murree, Attock, Mansehra, Swat, Islamabad, Mardan, Peshawar, Jhelum, Sargodha, Narowal, Jhang, Okara, Gujrat, Gujranwala, Gilgit-Baltistan, Nowshera, Kashmir, and more.