MULTAN - The Punjab government has decided to strengthen all embankments along rivers to cope with any super flood while Rescue 1122 centres will be set up at tehsil-level across the province, Punjab Disaster Management Minister Mehr Ijaz Achlana disclosed.

Talking to the media here at Circuit House, he said that the Punjab Disaster Management Authority would be turned into a vibrant and strong institution to respond any emergency well in time. He revealed that a directorate of the authority and a paramedical institute would be set up in Multan to cater to the emergency needs of South Punjab. He informed that a director level officer would be deployed at the directorate.

He said that the disaster management was a very important department which was not meant to just fight the flood rather it had to offer relief and rescue in case of earthquakes, accidents, fire incidents and food scarcity. He said that the authority would not only play an active role in Punjab but also the entire country. He directed the irrigation, health, livestock, Wasa, Civil defence, Rescue 1122, TMAs, Police and district administration departments to prepare lists of resources needed for adopting precautions to cope with any calamity or natural disaster. He declared that the policy regarding dangerous buildings would be implemented in principle and a strict check would be kept on new constructions.

He directed the irrigation authorities to evolve a comprehensive plan for the strengthening of the flood banks which he would get approved from the Chief Minister. He pointed out that the capacity of Head Trimmu was 0.5 million cusec and work on a project is underway to extend it up to 0.8 million cusec. He declared the implementation of Supreme Court orders and report of flood commission 2010 flood would be implemented to control floods in future.