Early warning systems (EWS) were being installed in Chitral district and other parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to get prepared against flood issues in future.
PESHAWAR: Director General Pakistan Meteorological Department Dr Ghulam Rasool on Thursday said that early warning systems (EWS) were being installed in Chitral district and other parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to get prepared against flood issues in future.
Speaking at the ‘Guest Hour programme’ of the Peshawar Press Club, he said the government of Pakistan in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) would install EWS in flood-risk districts in the country, especially in the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Balochistan and Gilgit-Baltistan.
“Work on installation of EWS is in progress at River Kalpani,” he said, the system would help reduce calamities as it would alert inhabitants in time against floods.
He said that due to rise in temperature this summer, glaciers in mountainous areas in Chitral started melting, which immediate cause of floods became.
The official said the entire world was facing the issues of global warming and climate change and different strategies were being adopted to save coming generations against natural disasters.
He said that Pakistan was included in the list of those 10 countries where climate change or global warming showed adverse effects in form of floods, earthquakes and draught.
He said that Pakistan would participate in World Conference on Climate Change in Paris next month and raise all issues facing it during the last five years.
Speaking on the occasion, Senator Nisar Memon, a representative of World Environmental Services of Pakistan, said that the PMD had launched a campaign across the country to raise awareness among the masses about climate change.
He said that awareness seminars, meetings and dialogues were being arranged in universities in order to share data among students, faculty members and researchers to work on the issue of climate change.
The senator e asked the government, NGOs, media, health and environmental organizations to come forward and work for betterment of the country. (News int)