ISLAMABAD President Asif Ali Zardari has directed the Government to draw a transparent and speedy plan to distribute cash compensations among the flood-affected people by using the last years compensation payment to internally displaced persons (IDPs) as a model. Transparency and speed were of the essence of the relief activities and the NDMA should draw a plan for transparent distribution of cash among the affectees, the way it was done for IDPs last year, the President said while chairing a meeting of the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA). The President also directed NDMA to prepare plans for the future assuming that the freak weather causing floods this year could recur again in the future. The President also ordered formation of a dedicated website that gives complete information about the extent of flood damages, the relief provided, the needs of different afflicted areas and the forecasts for the future. Briefing the journalists, Spokesperson to the President, former Senator Farhatullah Babar said that soon after the briefing on flood situation, the President presided over a meeting of the countrys leading businessmen in the Pakistan Business Council. At the NDMA briefing, Lt Gen (R) Nadeem Ahmed briefed the President about the latest flood situation along with provision and distribution of various items among the affectees. He said that the relief items being distributed in various parts of the country were being regularly reviewed and revised on the basis of severity of the disaster situation in different parts of the flood affected areas. The President directed the authorities to give special emphasis on the health sector to avoid the outbreak of epidemics. The President said that the farmers should be provided help with regard to seeds for the next crop and the Ministry of Food and Agriculture and NDMA should draw a plan in consultation with other stakeholders. Farhatullah Babar quoted the President as saying that a clear distinction should be made between wheat for food and wheat for seeds. The President asked the Government to consider buying from the farmers some of the indigenous wheat stock as seeds for the next crop and if any wheat is imported from abroad it may be used for consumption as food. Addressing members of the Pakistan Business Council, the President said that the Government would take up the issue of market access with the US and the European Union to help the industry create jobs and opportunities to partially meet the challenges of floods. The President asked the Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, who was also present at the meeting, to pursue with the international community the issue of market access as a single point agenda. Babar said that the President also said directed that satellite technology be used to map the direction in which columns of floodwaters gushed. There is a need to study whether the floodwaters could be diverted to the deserts in Balochistan, Sindh and Southern districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, he said. By doing so, we may be able to convert the catastrophe into an opportunity in the future, the President said. The President said that as a nation they have great capacity to survive hazards and there was no reason why a united nation could not successfully meet the challenges of the 2010 floods. We have survived the global recession and the earthquake in the recent past and will not only survive but also turn the flood catastrophe into an opportunity, he said.