Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa has prepared Monsoon Contingency Plan in consultations with all stakeholders including district administrations and departments concerned of provincial and federal governments.
The Director General (DG) PDMA, Sharif Hussain has said that the contingency plan has been prepared while keeping in view the situation emerging after natural disasters. In the past, he said, natural disasters have caused the loss of human lives, livelihood and houses.
Under this plan, planning has been done to prevent losses due to natural disasters and combat emergency situation. Under Monsoon Contingency Plan 2021 all aspects of large and small scale disasters, large scale losses and emergency situation have been accounted for. PDMA has also provided sufficient relief goods to all districts of the province and funds for combating any kind of emergency situation.
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DG PDA said that consultations for Monsoon Contingency plan with all stakeholders were started in the first week of March 2021. Data collecting tools have also been prepared in collaboration with all stakeholders and profiling has been made regarding district/sector specified threats.
He said that over the last several decades, K-P has faced different kinds of natural disasters including earthquake, flood, Corona pandemic that kept economy under pressure. Sharif Hussain said that climate change and global warming incidents including floods due to melting of iceberg in northern areas have occurred in the province during recent years’ heavy rains in Malakand and Hazara that have inflicted heavy losses on people.
Published in The Express Tribune, June 26th, 2021.
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