• The FFC chairman said 10- year National Flood Protection Plan-IV had been prepared with estimated cost of Rs.332 billion.
  • Kamal warned that monsoon pattern has extended to other parts of the country and it could cause super flood this year during monsoon season.

ISLAMABAD: Chairman Federal Flood Commission (FFC) Ahmad Kamal on Tuesday warned that monsoon pattern has extended to other parts of the country and it could cause super flood this year during monsoon season.

Briefing the National Assembly Standing Committee on Water Resources which met with Nawab Yousuf Talpur in Chair, the FFC chairman said that an addition of 25 districts came under influence of monsoon due to shift in rainfall zone from North East to North West.

Due to climatic change, out of the recently added 25 districts, 14 from Punjab and 11 from Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa could experience flood, he said.

He said super flood in 2010 caused $ 10 billion loss while country suffered an additional over $ 9 billion loss due to flash flood from 2011 to 2015. Ahmad Kamal said water sector had badly ignored in the past and no proper attention was given to this sector.

Only 3.7 per cent of total PSDP for year 2017-18 was allocated for Water Sector, he said and added that 14 to 34 years would be required to complete the ongoing water projects.

He said no permanent Indus Water Commissioner was appointed during the last two years besides no water and power members in WAPDA.

The FFC chairman said 10- year National Flood Protection Plan-IV had been prepared with estimated cost of Rs.332 billion.

It would be implemented in two phases and phase-I would cost Rs.177.661 billion and phase-II 154.585 billion, he said.

He said the plan had already been approved by Council of Common Interests (CCI).

Federal government and provinces would share its cost @ 50:50. Ahmad Kamal said the plan has been sent to the Planning Commission for approval.

Implementation of the proposed plan would start this year if approved.

The NA panel was further informed that the country received 61 inch snow this year which was more than usual.

The FFC held its meeting in March to review situation due to heavy snow and good winter rains, he added.

Preparations made by various departments were reviewed in the meeting, he added.

He said consultation would also be made with WAPDA, IRSA, NDMA and Indus Water Commission in mid-April.

The Met Department forecast rain on monthly basis but from July it starts forecasting on weekly basis before monsoon season, he added.

He said initially, an amount of Rs.15 billion has been sought from the government for fiscal year 2019-20. Japan has provided state of the art radar to the Met Office for forecasting, he added.