PDMA Balochistan has held meetings in collaboration with all the provincial/ regional departments to review pre-monsoon preparedness and contingency planning for upcoming monsoon season at provincial/regional levels at Sikander Jamali Auditorium, Civil Secretariat Balochistan. Balochistan province is one of the most vulnerable provinces which are prone to both riverine and flash floods. In Balochistan, monsoon flooding occurs almost every year. Disasters (floods) in last few years (2007, 2010, 2012) has wrought economic pain and wide spread destruction in the province. The ongoing structural poverty experienced by many communities, as well as incomplete recovery of the 2010 monsoon flood- affected districts; pose even greater vulnerability risk to the potential future flooding. Even a moderate flooding could have devastating effects on some of the communities. The lessons learnt from past disasters (2005, 2007, 2010 and 2012 floods) call for quick and effective actions to control the situation and above all save lives. However, effective action depends on the existence of ready-made and well tested contingency plans. Balochistan Provincial Disaster Management Authority like every year has agreed to prepare a Provincial Monsoon Contingency Plan (PMCP), which will enable government of Balochistan, humanitarian community and other stakeholders to be better prepared for the forthcoming monsoon season.
Aim behind this exercise is management of disasters/emergencies pertaining to floods through hazard mapping, vulnerability assessment, resource mapping, gap analysis and Clarification of roles and responsibilities of all stake holders (before, during and after disaster). PDMA Balochistan has declared 14 districts as most vulnerable districts pertaining to floods and the MCP planning revolve around these 14 vulnerable districts with anticipating two possible scenarios i-e Worst Case Scenario and Moderate Case Scenario to calculate the needs of expected relief load and identify the gaps.