Rawalpindi - All-out efforts are being made to mitigate flood damages in terms of deaths, injuries and economic losses in Rawalpindi said District Emergency Officer (DEO) Rescue 1122.

Rescue 1122 Rawalpindi had devised a comprehensive Action Plan for preventing flood in Nullah Lai and other nullahs of the town during monsoon season.

The dredging work of Nullah Lai and cleanliness of 11 other main nullah of the town which started here by Water and Sanitation Agency (WASA) was completed last month before start of Monsoon rains.

Talking to this agency, District Emergency Officer (DEO) Rescue 1122 Dr. Abdul Rehman said that the efforts were being made to improve coordination and communication amongst the departments concerned. Steps were also taken to enhance public awareness on situations that increase flood risk and to develop and gear up overall capabilities of the departments to manage flood related disaster.

He said, all flood fighting agencies/departments were directed to ensure completion of necessary arrangements before start of monsoon season to combat the flood situation in Rawalpindi.

Army will also be engaged in flood management and relief operation with the assistance of Punjab Emergency Service (Rescue 1122). Rescue 1122 Rawalpindi is monitoring the situation and promptly convey flood warnings to all agencies concerned and general public of low lying areas well before time.

All the departments including Tehsil Municipal Authority (TMA), Revenue, Field formations, WASA, Municipal Services, Health, Education, Agiruclture, Community Development, Food, IESCO, Civil Defense, and Rescue 1122 were maintaining high state of preparedness with effect from June 15.

He informed that Dhoke Naju, Zia-ul-Haq Colony, Both sides of Ratta bridge, Bhoosa Godown, Mohanpura near Jinnah Road bridge, Javaid Colony, Tipu Road, Chamanzar Colony, Nadeem Colony, Dhoke Chiragh din, New Phagwari, Mohallah Raja Sultan, Gowalmandi and Dhoke Ellahi buksh are main vulnerable areas of the town.

WASA had established a flood control room at WASA headquarter Liaquat Bagh and four field offices at Moti Mahal, Commercial Market, Khyaban-e-Sir Syed and Bagh Sardaran.

Two water level gauging stations are at Katarian bridge and Gawalmandi bridge while 10 flood warning posts are at TMA Rawalpindi, Christian Colony, Water Treatment Facility Adjustment to Medical College, Rattaamral bridge, Gunjmandi, Pirwadhai bridge, Fire Station Pirwadhai, Sector iv-b, Khayaban Park, Gawalmandi Children Park and Government Middle School, Dhoke Naju.

A special flood relief committee to monitor relief and rescue activities, headed by District Coordination Officer Rawalpindi and 15 other members had also been constituted. A central flood control centre had also been established at TMA building, Liaquat Road, Rawalpindi.

The whole target area which ranges from Kattarian Bridge to Chaklala bridge is divided into eight zones and 33 safe locations had been identified to establish evacuation centers and relief camps for effective management of flood disaster.