Thursday, June 9, 2011

Rain emergency in Karachi

A rain emergency was declared in the city on Wednesday following the Met Department’s warning that a cyclone is developing in the Arabian Sea and it would cause widespread rains.

The Karachi city govt claimed to have established rain emergency centres to take immediate action during the monsoon. It also claimed that these centres would work round the clock and provide instant help to the citizens during emergency.

Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ibad also directed the authorities concerned to take precautionary measures to deal with any storm-like situation.

He also asked the authorities to inform the people living in the low-lying areas and the coastal belt and called upon the city govt, the provincial disaster management authority and the health department to stay very alert and vigilant.

He also appealed to the people to take the Met Department’s warnings seriously and take safety measures.

Meanwhile, Health Minister Dr Sagheer Ahmed also declared emergency in the coastal districts of the province, including Karachi, Thatta and Badin.

He directed all medical officers to ensure the presence of paramedical staff and all necessary facilities during the monsoon. He also directed the health authorities to constitute mobile teams to ensure the provision of swift treatment to everybody.