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Record rain and snow this year could result in a ‘super flood’ in Pakistan

March 20, 2019
 

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Record rains and snow this year may lead to a ‘super flood’ in Pakistan.

The National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Water Resources was told on Tuesday that if measures aren’t taken before the next monsoon season Pakistan could face a potential natural disaster.

The Federal Flood Commission has warned MNAs that the country will need to take precautionary measures to prevent a disaster, such as improving the flood control system.

It has asked that Rs15 billion be set aside for flood prevention measures in the upcoming budget.

Related: Watch: Pakistan Navy rescues 42 stranded people after floods in Balochistan’s Lasbela

Federal Flood Commission Chairperson Ahmed Kamal told MNAs that the effects of climate change and global warming mean glaciers are also melting, resulting in a greater threat of flooding in the country.

It snowed across the country this year and if the temperature rises to the levels it did in the last few years, that means there will be more ice melting this year. More rain than needed is also a challenge, he said.

We have sent the National Flood Protection Project IV to the planning commission for approval and we need to have it approved and begin implementation as soon as we can, said Kamal. For this, we have asked for Rs15 billion, he explained.

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