Lahore - Provincial Minister for Irrigation Mian Yawar Zaman has said that there is a need for increasing the existing capacity of canal structure comprising barrages and head works for minimising flood losses.  He said that flood situation was created due to heavy rains during the current year, however, the Irrigation Department took timely steps and saved the canal system.\ He said this while addressing a 2-day seminar regarding flood management arranged by Irrigation Department at a local hotel on Wednesday.

Secretary Irrigation Punjab Saif Najam, Additional Secretary Irrigation Syed Haider Iqbal, Additional Secretary (Technical) Khalid Hussain Qureshi, Chief Engineer Drainage & Flood Muhammad Younis Bhatti, Member IRSA Rao Irshad Ali Khan, Commissioner Indus Water Treaty Mirza Asif Baig, General Manager PIDA Afzal Anjam Toor, Chief Meteorologist Muhammad Riaz, Chief Monitoring Habib Ullah Bodila as well as representatives of WAPDA, NESPAK, International Water Management Institute and senior officers of Irrigation Department were present on the occasion.–Staff Reporter

The minister said that flood situation was created in Punjab due to extraordinary rains this year, however, as a result of timely steps taken by Irrigation Department, the canal structure was saved. He said that Irrigation Department officers and field staff performed their duties efficiently.

He said that all government departments had finalised their pre-flood arrangements while the chief minister personally supervised protective measures and relief activities so that human losses and damage to property could be minimised. He further said that 16 districts of Punjab were affected by flood this year from where drainage of water completed under the supervision of Secretary Irrigation.