Karachi  - Chairman National Disaster Management Authority General Asghar Nawaz called on the Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah at CM House on Sunday and discussed matters pertaining to ongoing rescue and relief activities in Katcha Areas of River Indus.

He said that Sindh government provided food not only to drought affected Thar but also made arrangements for fodder for the livestock in drought hit districts.

He said that current floods and droughts are result of changing weather patterns and climate change. The CM said that provincial government started making preparations early in the month of March for floods as Pakistan Metrological department PMD predicted heavy rains specially in upper parts of country.

He said provincial irrigation department, PDMA and administration of all lined districts was alert for safe passage of flood water through to the Arabian Sea.

Chief Minster expressing his surprise over perception of some quarters that flood water is wasted in the sea, said that flow of fresh water to the sea was essential as sea encroached million of acres fertile land of Badin and Thatta coastal areas besides damaging the ecological system.

He said that people of Katcha area were reluctant to leave their houses but concerned administration has evacuated people along with their livestock to safer places while relief and medical camps have been established for at different locations.

Talking to CM Chairman NDMA Gen Asghr Nawaz said that all sorts of assistance was being extended to PDMA Sindh including provision of boats and tents for the relief and rescue operation in flood affected Katcha area.

He suggested that rescue service like 1122 should be established in every province to face any disaster on urgent basis, on this ACS Development informed that such scheme has been included in ADP of current fiscal year for which an initial amount of Rs250 million has been earmarked.

Chairman NDMA further told that NDMA had trained an Urban Search and Rescue Team to evacuate people during disasters which was working under Karachi Metropolitan Corporation but should work under administrative control of the PDMA to widen its scope and range.

On this CM directed Chief Secretary Sindh to do the needful in this regard. Gen. Asghr Nawaz said that there is surge in disasters due to Climate change and there should be National Fund for Disaster management to face disasters in comprehensive manner and all provincial governments should contribute to this.