Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA) has directed all licensed Cellular Mobile Operators (CMOs) to send free SMS flood alerts to the public in the affected districts of Punjab.
A statement issued by the regulator on Sunday said that these flood alerts via SMS will be sent to mobile phone users in certain areas of the country in the wake of heavy floods in Punjab.
PTA said that Federal as well as the Punjab Government had approached the regulator to run SMS broadcast messages for the timely awareness of residents in the flood-hit areas.
Consequently, PTA directed all mobile operators to carry out SMS based campaign to enable the people of affected areas to timely vacate their places and take refuge at safe locations.
Disaster Management Authorities would provide relevant information for the SMSs to mobile operators keeping in view the changing situation of each and every flood-torn area.
The area-specific SMS would help public in getting accurate and in time information and warnings about the flood in the area of their residence.
Today, messages about flood warnings were sent in districts of Sialkot, Narowal, Sheikhupura, Gujranwala, , Gujrat, Hafizabad, Mandi Bahauddin, Chiniot, Faisalabad, Jhang, Jehlum, Multan, Muzaffargarh, Bahawalpur, Khanewal.