The rain emergency in Rawapindi has been imposed, flooding in Nullah Leh, Soan River and in 10 other major canals is expected.
The 111 brigade of the military proposed immediate removal of all illegal cattle pens along the Nullah Leh. At a special flood management meeting, the 111 brigade also proposed shifting flood rescue equipment from remote offices to low-lying areas including Javed Colony, Gawalmandi Bridge near New Katarian Bridge and also suggested setting up 10 flood relief camps.
Representatives of all concerned agencies, including military officers, also attended the meeting. In the meeting, Rawalpindi administration imposed a rain emergency to cope with the threat of flooding.
Moreover, Amir Aqiq Rawalpindi Deputy Commissioner has issued directives to clean 17 small linking drains across the city within 48 hours. It has also been ordered to release funds of Rs 30 million for the cleaning of linking canals.
Rawalpindi Cantonment Board and Chaklala Metropolitan Municipal Corporation representatives were ordered to immediately deploy staff at night to register cases and impose fines on those throwing construction material in canals.
At least 10 flood relief camps will be set-up which will be operational from 15th July.
According to the military official, “The action should be taken against people dumping building material in drains. A contingent of the 111 brigade has been put on red alert and will reach the low-lying areas on short notice in case of flooding.”
At the meeting, district officers were also instructed to activate all warning posts of Civil Defence in all the low-lying areas and on the banks of Nullah Leh.
Also, three control rooms have been activated to provide round-the-clock service. The 10 relief camps have been set up at Islamia High School No-1, Islamia High School No-4, Babu Lal Hussain Road School, Dhok Najo Girls College, Women’s College Khayaban-e-Sir Syed, Women College New Katarian, Girls School Loco Shed and Bhosa go down.