ISLAMABAD - The rain forecast by Met Office from tomorrow (Tuesday) to Friday has triggered Capital Development Authority (CDA) to establish Flood Relief Cell asking the residents living in basements to disconnect illegal water and sewage lines in order to stop water flow into the cellars as precautionary measures.

Chairman CDA Maroof Afzal during a meeting assigned different responsibilities to high-ranking officials to cope with any untoward situation during the monsoon season directing sections of the authority for undertaking measures to gush out floodwater from houses.

Slum dwellers in sectors F-6, F-7/4, G-8/1, G-7/3, G-7/2 and G-7/1 have been warned to remove their illegal structures from the banks of natural drains, while enforcement directorate has been asked to remove shanty houses with immediate effect.

The chairman CDA was briefed about the functions of Flood Relief Cell, which has been established as a part of emergency and disasters management directorate in fire brigade headquarter.

The cell according to a press release issued here Sunday would remain at high alert during the monsoon for the safety of people. Water pumps for draining rainwater have been provided while some of the water pumps have been repaired and handed over to Flood Relief Cell.

Afzal directed for a detailed survey, especially in those areas of the city where flood may possibly cause devastation, besides calling for increase in number of patrolling teams during the monsoon season for delivering the information to the control room.

“The CDA has also requested the residents of the capital for removal of illegal sewerage connections linked to rainwater pipelines as the accumulated rainwater can damage their valuable properties,” the statement said.

Director General Civic Management, Nadeem Akbar Malik, was designated as chief coordinator Flood Relief Cell while Director Emergency and Disaster Management, Abbas Ahmad Mir as administrative controller who will perform their responsibilities in the supervision of Member Environment Syed Mustafain Kazmi.

The chairman CDA directed the member environment to designate one officer as focal person who will consistently coordinate with Flood Relief Cell.

The Met Office predicted rain and thunderstorm in the federal capital and other parts of the country from Tuesday to Friday prompting the civic agency to make its emergency services alert to cope with the situation.