PTA directs CMOs for free SMS alert service in flood-affected areas

ISLAMABAD (INP): Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA) has directed all its licensed Cellular Mobile Operators (CMOs) on Sunday to send free SMS flood alerts to the public in the affected districts of Punjab.

In the wake of heavy floods in the various districts of Punjab, the Federal as well as the Punjab government approached PTA to run SMS broadcast messages for the timely awareness of residents in the flood-hit areas.

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.

On Sunday, 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.


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