KARACHI – The district governments should include major hill torrents in Disaster Contingency Plan 2012 to mitigate devastation of flash floods in district Qambar-Shahdadkot and other districts. These major hill torrents could be major cause of flash floods in talukas such as Kubo Saeed Khan, Mir Khan, Qambar and Warah. These views were expressed by speakers and participants of a workshop jointly organised by PDI and Oxfam Novib entitled Status of Contingency Planning held on Friday. In a series of workshops being organised with a focus on districts, the event focused on hilly areas of Qambar Shahdadkot, Larkana and other parts of the province. They further demanded banks of Saifullah Magsi canals should be strengthened properly before monsoon. They demanded that from main city of Qaboo up to Bariga union council of Taulka Kot Magsi of District Jhal Magsi should be strengthened on priority basis and floodwater outlets must be constructed according to quantum of water.They said that district government had prepared 2012 disaster contingency plan without consulting civil society representatives. They demanded that government should establish district emergency operation cell at district level and they should be given early warning system from line departments and should disseminate it among the communities at village levels. They opined that it was shocking that despite facing 2010 super flood devastation and in 2011 rain flood devastation, the Sindh government had not decided till yet whether contingency plan should be prepared according to 1958 Calamity Act or National Disaster Management Ordinance 2006 or 2010 Act. Rs 34.5billion were spent on RBDO but most district administration had done sub standard work and there was need to do sustainable and quality repair work.They strongly recommended districts disasters contingency plans should be translated in Sindhi languages also after it would be displayed at PDMA website.  Karim Bakash Mangi, focal person of Disaster Risk Management was the chief guest at the workshop, while PDI Saleem Abbasi, Fida Soomro from Jagerta, Dad Muhammad Sheikh, Al Gul Jigrhani, Iftikhar Ahmed from Red Crescent, Ghaffar Qambrani from NGO Development Society, Mehmood Brohi from Education Department, Babar Ali Memon of UNDP DTC and Wali Mohammad Magsi, PPP local leader and other non-government organisations representatives participated in the workshop.efforts to help check spread of Hepatitis: The Sindh Minister for Health, Dr Sagheer Ahmed, has called for making concerted efforts to help check the spread of Hepatitis.He said this in a statement here on the eve of the World Hepatitis Day being marked on July 28. The minister said that the Day is observed to foster awareness regarding the Hepatitis which is on the increase the world over. He urged all the stakeholders to join hands and supplement the governmental efforts for the prevention of Hepatitis. Dr Sagheer pointed out that preventive measures include precautionary inoculation, screening of blood as well as awareness regarding the disease. He said that a special programme in this regard is being run successfully in the province for the past three years.However, the minister added, in view of the increase in Hepatitis cases, there is a need for all stakeholders to join the government in adopting preventive measures to help check spread of this diseases.