ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Planning and development, Ahsan Iqbal has emphasised the need of modern early warning system to check flood damages in the monsoon season.

He made these observations while chairing a high-level meeting in Islamabad on monsoon 2016 impact and level of preparedness. He directed concerned departments to take pre-emptive measures to deal with flooding situation in the upcoming monsoon season.

He said national preparedness is composite for preparedness at provincial levels to deal with calamity like situation due to more than normal rains.

The Minister said proper steps should be taken to inspect the conditions of water reservoirs and headworks. He also stressed for combing operations to remove the snags in drainage system and storm water nullahs at district level.