KARACHI - With the Metrological Department predicting widespread rains for lower Sindh today and tomorrow, the provinces disaster management authority has sounded the alarm for rain alert arrangements and operational preparedness in all districts, particularly flood-stricken Badin and Thatta. Administrators and district coordination officers have been directed to take certain precautionary measures to avoid flooding in their ambits. The PDMA has asked them to ensure that all rain emergency centres are activated. Administrations of the provinces flood-hit districts have been issued special directives for protection of those already displaced and those susceptible to fresh rains. Besides, the PDMA spelt out pre-emptive actions to be taken by certain public utilities to minimise the chances of hazards associated with rainfall. The KESC and HESCO have been advised to ensure uninterrupted power supply to pumping stations to drain out rainwater. They have been asked to secure transmission lines in case of high winds and take prompt action to avoid electrocutions from crumpled live wires. The KWSB and WASA have been directed to ensure drainage of standing water from low-lying areas. The DHA and cantonments have been advised to pump out accumulated rainwater into nullahs, besides removing loose structures, billboards and hoardings in view of the forecast of gusty winds. The TMAs have been advised to ensure that all drainage nullahs have been cleaned for quick disposal of rainwater. The KBCA has been asked to take timely action with regards to old/dangerous building/structures prone to collapse. Furthermore, fishermen and the general public have been advised to refrain from going to the deep sea.