ISLAMABAD – Observing unsatisfactory foreign aid response during the last year floods, NDMA is planning to make ‘National Disaster Insurance Cell’, which also may not fully cater difficulties during expected floods in the country by the start of monsoon rains.

National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) is in planning to make National Disaster Insurance Cell to avoid difficulties due to natural and other disaster-like situation in the country but paucity of funds may create problems to fully cater the unfortunate situation, NDMA sources told TheNation.

In order to meet the requirements after the floods, an appeal for $356 million was launched with regard to damage assessment in last year but after passing a couple of months still more than half of funds have not received, which is even a satisfactory response as compared to the funding provided for 2010 when the country witnessed heavy floods.

The sources said that top slot of NDMA had recently held meetings with the President and Prime Minister and apprised them of the summary of expected floods in 2012 to, conveying paucity of funds related issues currently faced by the authority. Pakistan, a couple of weeks before in a high-level meeting with donor community presses the international community to ensure provision of more funds but still they have not received satisfactory response, they said.

According to information, the expected floods for 2012 are being considered worst than the outgoing year’s flood in Sindh, which may witness with the start of monsoon rain (July-August). This year floods are likely to hit different parts of three provinces including Punjab, Sindh and Balochistan. NDMA’s concerned officials had reportedly informed that NDMA requires Rs 20 billion from the government to deal with expected floods in three different parts of the country including Southern Punjab area, some areas of Balochistan (Nasserabad, Jafarabad, Barkhan, Musakhel) and some areas of Sindh.

Despite repeated warning by National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) for early release of funds to cater expected floods in three provinces of the country, government is yet to come up with satisfactory response on the matter directly linked with the lives of people, said sources.

About the unsatisfactory response in disastrous situation by donor agencies, it is assumed that countries like Africa, Syria, Libya and other are also confronting different challenged which are accommodated by humanitarian agencies accordingly.