ISLAMABAD    -    The Senate Standing Com­mittee on Climate Change on Thursday was informed that procurement of an early warn­ing system is in process, which will provide exact data about floods and will be helpful in preventing the loss of lives and property in the Northern areas.

The standing meeting, chaired by Senator Seemee Ezdi, dis­cussed the steps taken by Glacial Lake Outburst Flood (GLOF-II) project in reducing flood risks and prevents casualties result­ing from it. Officials of GLOF-II project apprised the commit­tee that they geographically operates in 10 districts of Gilgit Baltistan, 8 districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and their primary work includes warning to locals regarding floods, creation of community based disaster risk management centres and safe heavens, conduct awareness session for locals, creation and maintenance of gabion walls and irrigation channels for re­duction of floods damages. 

Procurement of early warning system is in process which will provide exact data about floods and will be helpful in prevent­ing the loss of life and property in the nothern areas, they added. The committee appreciated their work and assured full support to them. The senate body was also briefed by National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) about total damage caused by recent flood and funds and as­sistance received by Government of Pakistan from international community for the flood affected areas. Officials of NDMA told the committee that, as of 11 Septem­ber 2022 evaluations, the total of 1,412 persons have lost their lives, around 1,749,532 houses have partially or completely dam­aged and estimated 771,141 live­stock have washed away in Pun­jab, Sindh, Balochistan, GB and KP in this unprecedented flood. 

They further added that Rs.3.3b donation has received in PM Flood Relief Fund and as far as contribution received from International Community is con­cerned, the matter comes under the ambit of Economic Affairs Di­vision and NDMA could not shed light on it. Senator Taj Haider was of the opinion that climate change was a major issue for the country and construction of check dams, revival of natural water ways was necessary to lessen disastrous effects of the floods. Ministry of Climate Change also briefed the senate committee about National Hazardous and Waste Manage­ment Policy. While deliberating on the matter of recent incident of Forest fire in KPK, Senator Se­mee Ezdi stated that Pakistan is already listed in most vulnerable country to climate change and there is a dire need of joint effort for preservation of forest owing to their importance for our ecosys­tem. She also directed secretaries of forest department of all four provinces to brief senate body about their policies and efforts for the preservation of forest.