LAHORE - Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) Director General Jawad Akram on Friday said the Punjab government has allocated highest ever allocation of rupees one billion and 500 million in current budget as relief funds for coping with the situation in case of any calamity.

Addressing a press conference here on Friday, Jawad Akram said the representatives of SUPARCO and other software engineers in PDMA Punjab have been assigned pre-monsoon arrangements duties. Information would also be received about rains through satellite before time so that planning could be made regarding relief in future, he added.

PDMA has decided to get the help of SUPARCO in order to monitor situation of all the rivers of the province through satellite. A modern software has also been developed through which information will be obtained regarding flow of water and its impact on the surrounding areas.

The DG said that as soon the SUPARCO representatives informed the authorities about danger of flood in any area or city, the Control Room would immediately share the information with the authorities concerned, who would forward instructions to the district administrations so that they could take precautionary measures. The scientific alarming system would also help the PDMA in minimising the loss of life and property in high risk areas, he added.

According to him, PDMA has also established six warehouses with the cooperation of European Union in Lahore and Muzaffargarh, with cold storage having capacity of storing over 7500 metric tons of essential commodities and precautionary measures have also been taken at district and tehsil level. All the available machinery with the PDMA, including boats, has been overhauled and repairing of out of order machinery is under process, the DG told adding that a training course of all the concerned officials with the help of Pak Army is starting this month.