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LCCI for precautionary measures to control floods, losses.

LAHORE -- Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) has called for taking precautionary measures to control expected floods this year.

In a statement issued here, LCCI President Sheikh Mohammad Arshad said that the recent flood in Chitral killed over 40 people, dozens went missing, while hundreds were displaced, which should set alarming bells ringing. "If precautionary measures are not taken, floods would continue harming the national economy," he added.

He said that first of all flood warning system should be improved on war-footing to inform the people well in time. He said that advanced flood warning system and preplanning would considerably reduce the impact of floods.

He said that new water reservoirs are one of the best solutions to controlling floods. He said that floods have caused a collective loss of around $40 billion during the past years.

He said that climate changes and reduction in area under forests are another reason for floods in Pakistan. He said that issue of climate change should be handled carefully as it has already caused huge damage to the economy.

He said that there is a dire need to stop deforestation in Pakistan as trees not only help manage environmental issues but also help control floods.

He said that deforestation in Pakistan has caused a rapid rise in pollution level and distortion of natural order. He said that trees should be declared environmental commodity and not just as an item for fuel.

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Publication:Balochistan Times (Baluchistan Province, Pakistan)
Geographic Code:9PAKI
Date:Jul 12, 2016
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