ISLAMABAD - Though the repercussions of last years devastating floods are not completely over, reports have surfaced threatening natural calamity in three provinces of the country in the coming three months.

National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) and other government relief agencies are waiting for budgetary allocation for 2012-13 for precautionary measures. “With the start of monsoon rains by the mid of July three months could be dangerous for three provinces of the country due to feared heavy floods like previous years,” NDMA chairman Dr Zafar Qadir told TheNation.

There is dire need to take precautionary measures in Lower Sindh, Southern Punjab and some parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) including Mardan, Charsadda, Nowshera and other areas.

In order to avoid devastating situation due to feared heavy floods, the chairman said that NDMA in a special meeting with Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani briefed about the situation, demanding budgetary allocations for this purpose. This meeting was a preemptive initiative to update contingency plan through consultative process with special emphasis on assessment of preparedness, response and recovery capabilities of all the stakeholders, government agencies and line departments.

About early warning system to avoid emergency situation, Zafar Qadir said that early warning project could not be possible for coming two years in the country due to certain reasons. He said if precautionary measures were not adopted floods might create worst troubles as compared to the last year’s situation.

Meanwhile, the sources said that NDMA was not much optimistic about substantial allocation of funds to meet upcoming challenges as last year’s allocation was not considered satisfactory as compared to disaster.

It is pertinent to mention here that the velocity of floods in 2010 was greatest in northern Pakistan, home to steep mountainous valleys, and the infrastructure damage was the worst ever over there.

Apart from deaths in different areas, the floods badly damaged highways and bridges in almost all provinces, while the incumbent government spent Rs 3335 million in this sector, which was half of the finance as compared to the last financial year.