Federal Flood Commission to allocate $69 million to set up 679 telemetry stations

Around 33 million people have been directly impacted by the floods, which makes up for 15% of the total population.

Federal Flood Commission to allocate $69 million to set up 679 telemetry stations

Following the recent devastation caused by floods, Pakistan has decided to increase the number of flood telemetry stations on waterways and rivers.

The government plans to increase this number by at least ten folds for accurate forecasts and early warning to protect regions that are at an increased risk for flooding. The recent floods have battered the country for month, wiping out agricultural land, infrastructure and killing at least 1,700 people.

Around 33 million people have been directly impacted by the floods, which makes up for 15% of the total population. Following the accelerated rate of climate change, the situation regarding floods is likely to worsen in the future. The Federal Flood Commission has the goal to allocate around $69 million to purchase early warning sign systems from the market.

The commission’s chairman, Ahmed Kamal, remarked that they have already made a national ‘master plan’ on flood telemetry and it is made u of at least 679 stations. The stations will be placed on the smallest rivers and streams. At the moment, Pakistan has only 70 such stations.

The province of Baluchistan was hit the worst by the natural disasters, parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Gilgit-Baltistan and Sindh were also hit and suffered big damages.

The flood protection strategy has been in the works for the last few years, but the government was unable to secure the necessary funds for it. Kamal remarked that by the time they were discussing the situation, the 2022 floods arrived.

The commission will officially submit the new protection plan to the government by the end of the month. Kamal hoped that it will be approved this time, and the funding will be made available.

“The most important points we must address can be implemented in one year’s time,” he said.

The UN has also revised its flash appeal, which has now gone to $816 million from $160 million.

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