National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) with the coordination of Provincial Disaster Management Authorities (PDMAs) and other concerned functionaries has expedited measures to protect vulnerable communities in areas facing flood threat during the ongoing Monsoon season across the country. The authority has determined to take all necessary steps to tackle floods in the ongoing monsoon season that would likely start from next week. The authority was in contact at Federal and Provincial level for impending monsoon season and to harmonize all related provincial and departmental plans with respect to flood fighting, rescue, relief and post rehabilitation, an NDMA official told APP. The authority has also conducted a Pre-Monsoon 2021 Preparedness Conference in order to review preparations for dealing with a possible monsoon situation. The NDMA has also launched its annual monsoon plan. The national and provincial agencies besides the provincial disaster management authorities, representatives of the Armed Forces, National Highway Authority (NHA), Federal Commission for Floods and WAPDA were apprised about the state of preparedness and measures to be taken to deal with Monsoon Challenges. Spokesman MET office Islamabad Dr Zaheer Babar told APP, that the onset of monsoon season would be expected from July and there would be heavy falls forecast in most regions of the country. He said the first spell of monsoon would likely occur in northern and upper parts of the country from next week. He said the rainy spell would help overcome water scarcity in dams and improve the water shortage situation in the country especially in Sindh. The ongoing pre-monsoon rains would bear a positive impact on crops including Rice and Cotton crops that would result in enhanced yield of the cash crops. He said during the ongoing season, rice and cotton crops have almost reached their ripeness and to achieve maximum yield it needs an abundant amount of water.