ISLAMABAD - The timely budgetary allocation from the upcoming budget 2012-13 could help meet challenges in expected floods most likely by the start of monsoon rains, as disaster management authority having insufficient funds is fully depended upon its share to start precautionary measures. The demand of Rs 20 billion to avoid devastated effects in different parts of three provinces including Sindh, Punjab and Balochistan is urgently required to make arrangements, but as per previous history the fund releasing process may start till the end of July 2012.
“A request of Rs 20 billion has been proposed to incumbent government, which will be required by the end of next month to make necessary arrangements to avoid worst situation,” Chairman National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) Dr Zafar Qadir shared with TheNation. With timely funds allocation, Dr Zafar Qadir said, necessary arrangements could be made before the July to avoid different areas of three provinces prone to heavy floods. The chairman NDMA said that this year floods would hit three different parts of the country including Southern Punjab area, some areas of Balochistan (Nasserabad, Jafarabad, Barkhan, Musakhel) and some areas of Sindh.
Meanwhile, NDMA sources said that the authority has repeatedly demanded early release of funds but receiving unsatisfactory response on this matter directly linked with the lives and properties of people.
It is pertinent to mention here that the authority has received unsatisfactory response from humanitarian agencies in this regard, probably with the plea to accommodate other disaster-hit countries like Africa, Libya, Syria and others. Pakistan will face heavy floods for the third consecutive years in different areas. The NDMA was planning to make ‘National Disaster Insurance Cell’ in different parts of the country but idea could not be fully materialized due to insufficient funding for this project.
It was learnt that an appeal for $356 million was launched with regard to damage assessment during last year 2011 but these funding was released with slow pace for affected areas.