RAWALPINDI  - With the forecast of more rains in twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi, the civic authorities have put their officers on high alert, directing them to remain on duty to meet any eventuality in case of flood in Leh Nullah District Coordination Officer (DCO) Rawalpindi, Saqib Zafar has directed District Officer (DO) Solid Waste Management, Dr Mazhar Azeem, DCG Saif Anwar Cheema, DO of Department of Civil Defence, Syed Tamkeen Raza and Rescue 1122 to collect information about the hardships of the residents of the area.

EDO Municipal Services told the DCO that due to the recent rain, water of the nullah overflowed the brinks but did not enter into residential houses. Besides, officials of municipal services and other departments remained highly busy in helping people.

Meanwhile, on the directives of Deputy Commissioner Islamabad, Aamir Ali Ahmed, the civic authorities have alerted the concerned departments to deal with any flood like situation due to possible rains in the next couple of days and to save the residents from any untoward situation. Rescue and relief teams have also been formed to cope with any emergency in the low laying area of the city.

Administrations of Rawal and Simly dams, district health department, civil defence, traffic police and the assistant commissioners have been directed to visit the low laying areas and to ensure all safety measures.

The administrations of Rawal and Simly dams have been directed to inform the local residents before opening the spillways.

While, vaccination campaign is underway in the rural area to fight epidemic diseases and chlorination water is also being done. The deputy commissioner said that control room phone number (051-9261504) would remain functional round the clock and residents could dial the number to register any complaint.

It is pertinent to mention here that heavy rain on Monday affected many areas of the twin cities, especially the low laying areas, as water accumulated at various places.

Meanwhile, Rawal Town Administrator has said TMA control room remains operational 24 hours a day, adding that Tehsil Municipal Administration Rawalpindi and city district administration were constantly monitoring water level in Nullah Leh. 

Rawal Town Administrator, Saif Anwar Jeppa along with other officials visited Rata Pull, Javed Colony, Arya Mohallah and Gawalmandi Bridge to observe the water level after recent rains.

He said that water level had increased in Nullah Leh on Monday but was still quite low than red-line and concerned authorities did not give danger siren to alert the residents of the low lying areas as it would have only created panic among them.

“TMA control room has been operational for 24 hours a day for the last two months,” he added.