ISLAMABAD - The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) has cautioned about 2010-like floods situation in the Ravi and Satluj rivers this year, saying that the situation might deter with the start of pre-monsoon season.

"Punjab Chief Minister has been suggested to keep Rs5 billion budget specially for the areas adjacent to River and Sutlej to deal with expected situation," NDMA Chairman Zafar Qadar shared with TheNation here on Sunday.

The adjacent areas of Sutlej including Pakpatan, Sahiwal, Bhawalnagar, Okara, Nankana Sahib, Sheikupura and others could be under threat of heavy and proper arrangements are now need of hour to deal with it, he warned.

The same kind of situation might be at the neighbouring of Ravi River where Kasur and Lahore could be at top of areas prone to floods, Zafar Qadir maintained.

"We have couple of months for preparation as pre-monsoon winds are likely to start by the mid of this year," he said adding that National Disaster Risk Reduction Policy (NDRRP) if prepared in time would be much beneficial.

To a question, the NDMA chairman said that the concerned authorities of Punjab also agreed to keep Rs 5 billion only to deal with this situation.

It is relevant to note here that the first NDRRP, which is being formed for early warning system, could take one to two months more for completing the assessment in the whole country.

The risk reduction policy is a systematic approach to identifying, assessing and reducing the risks of disaster. It aims to reduce socio-economic vulnerabilities to disaster as well as dealing with the environmental and other hazards that trigger them. The NDMA had announced to introduce NDRRP with the collaboration meteorological office.

The NDMA Chairman said that work on the project was underway in provinces to assess the compatibility.

He said that the assessment would be completed in six months and special trainers will train persons of the areas for dealing with equipment of early warning system.

Meanwhile, sources said that in order to deal with expected floods this year the provinces had already allocated funds, as Sindh has earmarked Rs 5 billion, Balochistan Rs 3 billion and KPK Rs 2 billion for this purpose.