Pakistan Army summoned in Karachi to address urban flooding: ISPR

KARACHI: The Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) has informed that the Pakistan Army has been called to manage and deal with the urban flooding crisis in Karachi.
According to the military’s media wing, the armed forces were summoned in the city to assist the civil administration in dealing with the urban flooding situation.
Earlier today (Thursday), the federal cabinet approved the deployment of Pakistan Army troops to help address urban flooding in the metropolis due to the city’s dilapidated drainage system.
According to the summary, the National Disaster Management Authority had sent a summary to the premier regarding the situation in Karachi. “The prime minister, on a summary submitted by the NDMA, has been pleased to desire its disposal by circulation,” the summary added.
“The summary is being circulated accordingly among cabinet members for recording their opinions and subsequent return to the Cabinet Division. If a minister does not communicate his/her opinion by that time, it shall be assumed that he/she accepts the recommendations contained in the summary,” it added,
Meanwhile, Chairman National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) Lieutenant General Muhammad Afzal called on Chief Minister Sindh Syed Murad Ali Shah.
The meeting was also attended by Local Government Minister Syed Nasir Hussain Shah. The meeting discussed the situation developed in the city in the aftermath of the two-day rainfall that saw urban flooding in parts of the city.
Earlier on Wednesday, the premier had tasked the NDMA chairman with visiting Karachi and beginning its clean up. The premier had also asked Sindh Governor Imran Ismail to coordinate between the Centre and the provincial government to address the problems faced by the people.
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