what remains poorly done? communication!!!
Information communication remains incomplete, inappropriate, and inconsistent. I do not think that people will be preparing for the coming disaster as public access to information or spread of information remains low.
Similarly, in the flood effected districts of Punjab like my own district Gujranwala and neighbouring Sialkot District, no one knows that what will happen tomorrow. There is a limited or nearly no information on daily updates on losses / flood spread and nearly no information on potential situation on the days to come.
I want to state that the online access to flood forecast data remains stark in the country. Provincial and National Disaster management Authorities (PDMA/NDMA) seem less interested in updating public real time over the internet or on the news Media.For example, PDMA Sindh website has not updated its information on flooding levels and losses on their website. PDMA KPK's last update on 'MONSOON WEATHER/RIVER SITUATIONS' is of 5.9.2014.http://www.pdma.gov.pk/recent_updates/wr_5.9.14.pdf
GOVERNMENT OF PAKISTAN
PAKISTAN METEOROLOGICAL DEPARTMENT
FLOOD FORECASTING DIVISION
46-JAIL ROAD LAHORE
Dated:Monday, September 08, 2014
SIGNIFICANT FLOOD FORECAST FOR RIVER CHENAB AT PUNJNAD
River Chenab at Punjnad is likely to attain 6,00,000 to 7,00,000 Cusecs Exceptionally High Flood Level during the period from 1200 PST of 12-09-2014 to 1200 PST of 15-09-2014.
Under this condition Districts T.T.Singh, Khaniwal, Layya , Muzaffarghar & Multan are likely to be inundated.
All concerned authorities are requested to take all necessary measures to avoid any loss of life and property.
Time of issue: 1500 PST
- Chief Minister, Punjab.
- Federal Minister, Water & Power, Islamabad.
- Chairman NDMA, Islamabad.
- D.G. Engineers, Eng. Directorate GHQ, Rawalpindi.
- Chairman, Federal Flood Commission, Islamabad.
- Chief Secretary, Punjab
- Secretary, Irrigation, Punjab.
- Chief Engineer Irrigation Punjab.
- Secretary, Aviation Division, Islamabad.
- Secretary, Ministry of Water & Power, Islamabad.
- PDMA’, Punjab.
- All other concerned
What Is totally Missing? Rapid information communication
The users in flood effected areas are particularly deprived off in access to information. They are relying on news channels and personal effort through Mobile Phone use. The first media, The news channels' give selective information; that is often incomplete, too much holistic or only cover selected areas;Settlements are not being covered individually as they should have been. I think an NGO or even a news media can make a dedicated office or media stream e.g. online / or even reserve specific hours just to cover the disaster related updates as they covered the political elections in 2013 where each political unit was discussed and monitored for vote casting.
I wish our electronic media could make a flood-response room and contribute to national disaster preparedness program as it seems that our government servants do not seem to cover all the areas/ all the people and army is doing its best as well.
Media / News channels need to play an active role in information spread for proper disaster response and preparedness. Probably a good example of information communication is from Punjab, as NDMA has updated about the level of water and losses in Punjab province avaiable athttp://www.ndma.gov.pk/new/Documents/sitrep-7-9-2014.pdf
Pakistan flooding 2014- Information spread by internet volunteers in effected cities- Example from Wazirabad
Mobile network channels are not even giving the correct information. either it is not updated or is incorrect, as seen from this post
The SMS is that "Khanki per nihayat unchy darjy ka sailab h lehaza tmam logo ko hdayt ki jati h k mehfuz muqam py shift ho jaey ye pegan apny tmam hamsayo ko b pohnchaey management authority hakumat e punjab"
but According to us wazirabad safe hai..... i think Govt k SMS late arahy hai...... #Jasim"