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NDMA starts Piloting Programme of Pakistan School Safety Framework in 68 Public & Private Sector Schools across the Country

Islamabad; 25th November, 2016

Pakistan School Safety Framework Document is being piloted in 68 selected public (provincial government, federal government and provincial education foundation schools) and private schools (Beaconhouse, Fazaia School System, Bahria School System, APSACS, City School System) in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (Peshawar), Punjab (Lahore), Sindh (Karachi), Balochistan (Quetta), Islamabad Capital Territory, AJ&K (Muzaffarabad) and Gilgit Baltistan (Gilgit). The purpose of the Pilot Programme is to determine the challenges in the implementation of the Framework and to modify the Framework accordingly. In November, 2015 the NDMA signed a joint work plan with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) where the partnership aimed at enhancing disaster preparedness, response and recovery with a special focus on children. The Gender and Child Cell (GCC) of the NDMA, with the support of UNICEF and British Council thus pursued Pakistan School Safety Framework (PSSF) to remain prepared for effective & efficient response against natural or man-made hazards.71

The Pakistan School Safety Framework was developed after a series of National level consultative meetings with government and private sector stakeholders and it was also reviewed by international consultants. A consensus was developed in the Final National Consultative Meeting on 17-18 August, 2016 that Frameworks should be pretested through a Pilot Programme and its findings should be reviewed through another Consultative Meeting to refine the Framework before its implementation.

Before the start of Pilot Programme, 68 Schools were selected through the involvement of respective education departments and secretariats of the Private School Systems. From amongst these schools nominations were obtained for School teachers all over the Country to be trained by the expert trainers on School Safety. The Pilot Programme comprises four phases. During the First Phase, a core group of 30 members was trained at Lahore as Trainer of Master School Trainer& Quality Supervisors. In the Second Phase, the Core Group is now responsible for training three teachers and one head teacher from each of the nominated 68 schools on the PSSF. These trainings are being conducted from 22 November to 10 December, 2016 i.e. Balochistan (Quetta) 22 to 25 Nov, Punjab (Lahore) 26 to 29 Nov, Gilgit Baltistan (Gilgit) 29 Nov to 2 Dec, (Islamabad) 5 to 8 Dec, Sindh (Karachi) 5 to 8 Dec and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (Peshawar) 7 to 10 Dec, 2016.

The same trainers will also train the officers of district education department, building department, fire department and police in carrying out evaluation of schools to ascertain School Safety Standard. These trainings will be conducted in December, 2016.

The third Phase of the Pilot Project will be the roll out of the School Safety Framework to the schools in the month of Dec, 2016 and Jan, 2017. The trained teachers will go back to their schools to develop respective school safety plan, raise School Safety Organisations, undertake the self-assessment of the School Safety Standards in accordance with Pakistan School Safety Framework and also prepare school community for response against disasters.

The final phase of the Pilot Programme at end Jan, 2017  will envisage the evaluation of School Safety Standards through the team of evaluators of district departments of education, building, fire and policealong with representatives of the NDMA and PDMAs. During Evaluation, the schools will share their self-assessment of Safety Standards and their school safety plans. The Evaluation Team will ascertain the School Safety Standards as per the Pakistan School Safety Framework as a 2nd Party Evaluation.

The Gender and Child Cell of NDMA is coordinating the Pilot Programme through the team of experts of British Council with support of UNICEF Pakistan. All stake holders are on board and it is expected that this Pilot Programme will bring in much needed input to finalize the PSSF

NDMA provides over 2000 winterized tents to people displaced by LoC Firing  

Islamabad; November 22, 2016

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National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) on Monday has handed over 2000 winterized tents to the State Disaster Management Authority (SDMA). These tents were provided on the request of SDMA to cater the needs of the people displaced by the unprovoked firing of Indian occupied forces from across the Line of Control.

Hosting 13th RCC Meeting is an Honour for Pakistan

                                                          Zahid Hamid

Islamabad October 19, 2016

Federal Minister for Climate Change Zahid Hamid has said that it was a great honour and privilege that Islamabad was hosting 13th RCC Meeting. He stated this during his address at the concluding session of the 13th RCC Meeting.1

The sub-theme of the concluding session of the 13th RCC was Supporting Heart of Asia (HOA) for Enhancing Regional Cooperation on Disaster Risk Reduction, Climate Change Adaptation and Sustainable Development Goals. The participants of this session discussed the road map and action plan of HOA and looked for the opportunities for creating synergies with other regional mechanisms. This aimed at maximizing the impact of efforts and strengthening risk reduction capacities of HOA countries with focus on promoting regional cooperation.  Efforts of Pakistan as a co-lead Country with Kazakhstan for Disaster Management Confidence Building Measures were very well acknowledge by all.

Minister for Climate Change Zahid Hamid in his speech said “Today, the nature of the common challenges that our region faces are complex, multi-dimensional and trans-national” and urged for a stronger emphasis on risk prevention and identification of role of all stakeholders from national to local level.

He observed that the multi hazards threats posed by natural calamities outlines a dire need as well as great scope for extensive and intense mutual cooperation at the regional level. He also expressed Government of Pakistan’s well directed intervention with strong political commitment which ensures better preparedness to mitigate the negative impacts of disasters.

The Meeting ended with the Islamabad Statement summing up the conclusion drawn out of the three days long deliberations and discussions. Delegates from Afghanistan, Bhutan, China, Indonesia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Philippines, Sri Lanka. Thailand, Turkey and development partners and international organizations fully endorsed the Islamabad Statement and regarded its recommendation as a valuable objective input for forwarding Asian Ministerial Conference for Disaster Risk Reduction to be held in India in the first week of November this year. Pakistan was nominated as the focal Country to forward the input to UNISDR.

While concluding the Meeting Chairman NDMA, Maj General Asghar Nawaz has stated that in order to better manage risks and crises at regional level, there is an increased need to create synergies in our joint actions and build partnerships to reduce the otherwise significant impact particularly from natural disasters. He concluded that the forums like Regional Consultative Committee (RCC) provide effective platforms for sharing view and deliberate on issues confronting humanity in an environment of neutrality.

 

RCC countries call for more investment in Disaster Risk Reduction and technology transfer to save Human lives and Assets

Islamabad  18 October 2016

Regional Consultative Committee (RCC) on Disaster Management cautioned that low spending in Disaster Risk Reduction would further increase the cost to provide humanitarian relief. World Disaster Report, 2016 has also warned countries to invest more before a catastrophe occurs rather than being forced to spend an enormous amount of money afterward. Data shows that up to two-third of total international aid expenditure is devoted to emergencies with a little amount invested in risk reduction.

The committee called for more investment in flood protection, earthquake resilience, drought mitigation, food security, agriculture, climate change adaptation, water and ecosystem conservation.

On the second day of the 13th RCC meeting, experts discussed the challenges and options for implementing the global frameworks including the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, Sustainable Development Goals, and the Sendai Framework for DRR. They identified the creation of linkages between these frameworks is not an easy task and that some concerted efforts are needed to overcome the challenge, drawing commonalities and adopting focused approach.

Major General Asghar Nawaz, Chairman NDMA recommended that a comprehensive monitoring tool must be developed that countries could use at macro level for the effective monitoring and implementation of the three frameworks.

Dr. Peeranan Towashiraporn, Director of ADPC, Thailand said the countries need to enhance risk assessment and information management mechanisms given the risk situation in the region. He stated that Asia-Pacific is the most vulnerable region to disasters.

“More than 5,000 disasters have hit this region since 1970, which killed more than two billion people and effected the lives of over six billion,” he said.

“In the recent past, Indian Ocean Tsunami took the lives of 230,000 people in 14 countries in 2004. Kashmir earthquake killed over 74,000 people in Pakistan in 2005, and Cyclone Nargis killed 1,38,000 people in Myanmar in 2008,” Dr. Peeranan stated and urged the committee to commit to learning a lesson from the history of disasters in this region to work on preventing such losses in future in RCC countries.

Even though most of the Asian countries have disaster risk reduction policies and plans, funding is often not available to avoid emergencies. The participants agreed that disasters are not isolated events. No country can mitigate the cause of natural hazards alone as a disaster in one country disrupts the lives of those living far away.

The RCC delegates also stressed for more regional collaboration on disaster management. Regional mechanism of cooperation such as South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), Association of Southeast Asian Nations, ASEAN, Heart of Asia, Regional Consultative Committee and other formal and informal forums are critical to facilitate the implementation of disaster reduction and climate change adaptation related global frameworks.

Pakistan Committed to the Global Disaster Risk Reduction Frameworks, Policies – 13 th RCC Meeting Takes off at Islamabad

Ahsan Iqbal

Islamabad 17 October 2016

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Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Reforms Professor Ahsan Iqbal has said that Pakistan being one of the most experienced country in coping with hazards has played her key role in global discussions and formulation of policies, plans and frameworks at regional and international levels for disaster risk reduction.

He stated this while addressing the Inaugural Session of 13th Annual meeting of the Regional Consultative Committee (RCC) on Disaster management here on Monday.

13th Annual Meeting of Regional Consultative Committee (RCC) on Disaster Management has kicked off here on Monday. This is the first time Pakistan is hosting this Event since the inception of the Forum in 2000. Delegates and representatives from sixteen members alongside International observers from non-member states are attending the Meeting.

Three days of the Meeting from 17th – 19th October is divided over different sessions to deliberate upon the main theme “Operationalizing Global Frameworks for Risk Resilient Development in Asia” to assess to how the global and regional frameworks for disaster mitigation can be best translated into practice, keeping local needs and perspective in view.

The sub-theme for the first day of the Meeting was Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction. Implementation Efforts, Challenges and Opportunities. The participants held threadbare discussion in their presentations and plenary discussions. This also afforded Pakistan an opportunity to present its Disaster Risk Management status Report which was by all.

In his speech Minister for Planning observed that Asia is greatly vulnerable to the negative impacts of both geological hazard and climate change phenomena. He, therefore, emphasized the need for an enhanced partnerships for sustainable developments, sharing of knowledge, expertise and technology for achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly for developing countries.

While reiterating Pakistan’s commitment to Disaster Risks Reduction, Minister Ahsan Iqbal said, “Realizing the nature of close linkages between disaster and development efforts, the Government of Pakistan under its Vision 2025 has embarked upon developing strategies to reduce vulnerabilities to disasters”.

Earlier in his welcome Address, Chairman NDMA said that Sendai Frame Work provides the vision for “risk sensitive development as corner stone for sustainability”. He went on to regard Paris Climate Change Agreement as a hope for climatically safer world in future, especially for countries of Asian Pacific Region which are at forefront of vulnerability. Chairman NDMA was categorical in asserting Government of Pakistan’s commitment towards implementation of Global Frameworks and supporting all initiatives to save humanity. Prof. Dr. Krasae Chanawongse, Chairman Asian Disaster Preparedness Centre (ADPC), Mr. Stephan Huppertz, Region Coordinator Global Initiative on Disaster Risk Management, Mr. Kim DeRidder, Director, Environment Program, the Asia Foundation and Ms. Javeria Afzal, Associate Country Director, OXFAM Pakistan were among the others who addressed the Inauguration Session of 13 th RCC Meeting. The Meeting is considered a success in the wake of such a large International Participation when voices of diplomatic isolation are echoed by some quarters. The structure and format of discourse was quite practical and objective.

The Meeting is likely to bring out tangible action oriented outputs which will act as a comprehensive input for Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in New Delhi in Nov. 2016. The delegates were found much impressed by the arrangements and format of the Meeting.

Sixteen Asian Nations Gather in Islamabad to Discuss Disaster Risk Reduction through Regional Cooperation

Islamabad 16 October 2016

At the invitation of the National Disaster Management Authority, Government of Pakistan, high-ranking officials of national disaster management offices and related organizations from 16 Asian countries are all set to meet here today (Monday) to discuss and deliberate upon options for disaster risk reduction through regional cooperation. The Meeting will be concluded on October 19 with a Joint Statement from all the participating countries on reducing disaster risks in Asia Pacific Region through collective efforts.

Federal Minister for Planning, Development & Reforms, Prof. Ahsan Iqbal will be the Chief Guest at the Inaugural Session of this 13th Annual Meeting of the Regional Consultative Committee (RCC) on Disaster Management. Main theme of 13th RCC is “Operationalizing Global Frameworks for Risk-Resilient Development in Asia”.

This Meeting on Disaster management will offer an opportunity to the member countries to devise collective actions for implementing Global frameworks in a bid to save people lives and properties in the face of climate change phenomenon that threatens to affect development efforts of Asian economies.

National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), Pakistan is hosting the Event in collaboration with Asian Disaster Preparedness Centre (ADPC), Thailand. The RCC will discuss opportunities and challenges for implementing at national and regional scale the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Paris Climate Change Agreement.

The Regional Consultative Committee (RCC) is made up of 26 member countries that serve as an informal consultative mechanism on disaster risk reduction in the Asia Pacific Region. Every year, senior representatives, working on key government positions in the national disaster management system of respective countries participate and exchange experiences in addition to developing practical cooperative programs on disaster risk reduction and climate change adaption.

ADPC, acting as the Secretariat since the Committee’s inception in 2000, will facilitate the Meeting and findings of the Meeting shall pave the way to shape the direction of future programs at regional level.

Participating countries include China, Afghanistan, Iran, Turkey, Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar, Mongolia, Philippines, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Pakistan. Besides that delegates from Denmark, USA, Switzerland, Germany and different international organizations are participating as observers.

The Meeting assumes importance owing to the fact that it is held three weeks before Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (AMCDRR) scheduled to be held in New Delhi in first week of November 2016.  The input of 13th RCC Meeting, will significantly contribute to AMCDRR.

Meeting of such a large scale of foreign delegates including SAARC Countries is considered a diplomatic success as well as recognition of Pakistan’s stature and commitment to global framework and humanitarian cause.

COMMEMORATION OF NATIONAL DISASTER AWARENESS DAY

Islamabad 6 October 2016

National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) commemorates National Disaster Awareness Day on 8th October with solemnity. The main theme of this year’s National Disaster Awareness Day is “Hamara Azm Tayyar Pakistan”. The events of National Disaster Awareness Day include city branding of major cities, flag march by Emergency Rescue Services, cyclathon and distribution of leaflets on selected locations. The main event to pay tribute to victims of past disasters is not being held owing to Muharram

 Sukkur 27-29 Sep 2016

Governments Officers Capacity Building Training/Exercise for Effective Response Management

Pakistan has been hit by a number of natural disasters since its independence. Some of these disasters have caused severe losses to national economy in various sectors.  Response management in case of any disaster remains the prime responsibility of government. However, in certain cases the humanitarian partners also take part in response, which entails detailed coordination amongst the government departments and with humanitarian agencies.

National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) is making an endeavor to build the capacity of government officials for which a new concept has been evolved. The concept envisages the capacity building of government officials through emergencies response exercise (GOERE). The aim of these situational based training/exercise is to enhance their preparedness and response capacity, coordination mechanism for smooth execution of response and media handling. The concept is being implemented in all the provinces/regions/states through series of training/exercises by the National Institute of Disaster Management (NIDM) on behalf of National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA).

In order to educate the government officials and members of humanitarian partners of Sukkur Divisions, NIDM organized the training/exercise from 27-29 Sep, 2016 at Sukkur, in collaboration with Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) and World Food Programme (WFP). A total of 38 individuals from various districts and other humanitarian organizations attended the training/exercise.

NIDM team conducted the training. The training module consisted of interactive discussion and situation based simulation exercise aiming at better comprehension of response mechanism at district level.

The training concluded with the distribution of certificates to the participants on the final day of the training course.

 

Islamabad 28 September 2016

NDMA and UNICEF Continue Cooperation for Child Centred Disaster Risk Reduction

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 The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) signed an agreement to extend their partnership for Child Centred Disaster Risk Management (CCDRM) in order to enhance the government’s existing capacity and delivery of services to minimise risks for women and children during disasters.

NDMA and UNICEF first signed a joint work plan in November 2015 to pursue a child centered approach in disaster situations to ensure their well-being and protection through preparedness, mitigation and preventive measures in disaster situations. The same year Pakistan volunteered to take the lead in introducing the concept of Child Centred Disaster Risk Reduction (CCDRR) under the Sendai Framework and laid the foundation for the Pakistan School Safety Framework.

Several national level policy documents have been developed and implemented under the signed work plan, with the aim of knowledge management, research and development, institutional strengthening, capacity building, advocacy and awareness raising. The major achievement is the formulation of the draft of the Pakistan School Safety Framework through a national consultative process. This framework is now being piloted across the country by January 2017 with the collaboration of both the partners.

The partnership achieved concrete results and new areas were identified in the course of pursuing the work plan. The new work plan will focus on the following areas:

  • School Safety and educational continuity in all types of hazards and emergencies ensuring the safety and security of school going children as one of the priority areas.
  • Knowledge management, Capacity building and Institutional strengthening for Child Inclusive Climate Change Adaptation (CCA).
  • Capacity Building and Engagement of relevant stakeholders including the media in terms of disaster preparedness, mitigation and prevention.

The main focus of the current joint work plan will remain on School Safety, and roll out of the Pakistan School Safety Framework. The objectives of the School Safety Framework are:

  • To promote a safe working environment for students, teachers and parents against natural and human induced disasters.
  • To ensure the preparedness of the school community against hazards and unforeseen circumstances which may lead to disasters.
  • To enable schools to develop a comprehensive response mechanism in event of a disaster.
  • Awareness creation about possible hazards and developing cooperation with the community.
  • Analysis of the specific vulnerability and hazards of the school environment and mapping of evacuation routes and identified safe places.
  • Practical exercises and evacuation mock drills to enable the school community to be prepared and to act adequately to save lives in case of an emergency.

Chairman NDMA Major General Asghar Nawaz while expressing his views said, “I appreciate the partnership for its achievements during the last year, and am very optimistic for the planned future activities. The great positive impact that this partnership has made has been due to the hard work and cooperation of both the partners and I hope for the same level of commitment in the coming year”.

The UNICEF country representative Ms. Angela Kearney said, “We look forward to supporting the NDMA towards the successful execution of these very important interventions in the most effective manner and hope to continue strengthening our partnership for the realization and fulfilment of the rights of children”.

Islamabad 18 August 2016

NDMA holds National Consultative Meeting on School Safety Framework

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Pakistan being a disaster prone country is vulnerable to Natural calamities as well as man-made disasters. Our education institutions particularly the schools have been the worst victim of disasters in terms of destruction and loss of life of children. National Education policy does point out towards the disaster management in schools but no substantial guidelines exist in this regard.
The National Disaster Risk Reduction Policy, formulated in 2013 focuses on prevention, mitigation and preparedness aspects of disaster risk reduction (DRR). The Policy recognized that higher vulnerability leads to higher losses in disaster and hence highlighted the need for effective disaster risk reduction interventions for vulnerable groups. Children form the most important segment of vulnerable groups and require special attention.
In 2015, NDMA undertook the initiative to formulate the concept of Child Centered Disaster Risk Reduction in concert with UNICEF. The Gender and Child Cell of the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA – GCC) is in the process of developing a set of guidelines for the purpose of safety of schools, titled Pakistan School Based Disaster Risk Management (PSBDRM) Framework. The Document is meant to be followed by public and private schools across the Country to build their capacity in terms of prevention, preparedness and response against natural and man-made disasters to ensure minimal damage and loss of life.
The Pakistan School Based Disaster Risk Management (PSBDRM) Framework has the following objectives:

  1. To provide guidance based on the best practicable measures for schools safety in the domain of infrastructure, security, environment and psychological protection.
  2. To institutionalize the Pakistan School Based Disaster Risk Management Framework across Pakistan in all public and private schools in urban as well rural areas.
  3.  To build the capacity of schools to put up a sound local response in a disaster emergency in the school to mitigate losses.
  4. To improve knowledge and awareness about the root causes, characteristics, and consequences of natural and man-made disasters which pose a threat to school and student safety.
  5. To formulate a strategy for monitoring, supporting, and rigorously evaluating a wide range of school and student safety practices, including mock drills.
  6. Put forth a structured coordination mechanism between all stake holders to include school community, parents, government departments, law enforcement agencies and school association etc.

The development of framework, has been an iterative process. The NDMA pursued consultative process with experts in the field of school safety and different stake holders. The National Consultative Meeting was a two day event held in Islamabad on 17 and 18 August. A total of 84 high profile government officials from Punjab, Sindh, Baluchistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, AJK and Gilgit-Baltistan and FATA, along with key donors, development partners and representatives from the education sector participated in the Meeting. During the two day Event the participants gave their invaluable input for the finalization of the PSBDRM Framework Document.

NDMAs initiative was lauded and substance of Framework was greatly appreciated. The consultations were professionally handled by renowned facilitator Mr. Umair Jaliwala. The Framework will be further refined and then piloted all across the Country before its finalization by the end of this year. The Chairman of the NDMA thanked the participants profusely and said that he was delighted with the outcome of the meeting. He said that the invaluable input of the participants greatly contributed towards the clarity, comprehensiveness and overall value of the Document.

Islamabad 11 July 2016:

Serena Hotels Donates Rs. 3,769,167 to NDMA

Serena Hotels Pakistan has Donated Rs. 3, 769,167 (Thirty-Seven Lakh, Sixty-Nine Thousand, One Hundred and Sixty-Seven Rupees Only) to National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA).

Serena Hotels Pakistan has collected this money through its Social Environmental and Educational Development Programme under the slogan “Spirit of Compassion”. The amount was transferred in recognition of NDMAs vital role  during the natural disasters like floods and earthquakes etc.

Chairman NDMA Major General Asghar Nawaz appreciated efforts of Serena Hotels through a letter thanks.

Islamabad 8 July 2016:

Chairman NDMA Visits Chitral to Oversee Flood Situation

Chairman NDMA, Major General Asghar Nawaz visited Chitral on third day of Eid to review the progress on relief and rehabilitation work in flood affected areas of the district.

During his visit he analysed actual ground situation after the flash flood which washed away mosque and civilian population in Chitral. He also held meetings with the officers of the local administration and provincial agencies.  Chairman also assessed the needs of the local people and affirmed that all logistics support is being provided by PDMA for urgent relief and early rehabilitation of the affectees.

He also directed his team to send 30 tons of wheat for the chitral flood affectees who have lost their wheat stocks during flood. Chairman NDMA also offered condolence with the bereaved families and also distributed food hampers/relief among them.

He also urged need to create awareness among the common and to sensitized them of impending dangers during the monsoon.

Lahore, 1st July 2016:

Consultative Meeting on Pre Monsoon Preparedness and Contingency    

Planning Held at Lahore

NDMA is pursuing pro active approach and for Monsoon 2016 it prepared a comprehensive ‘Monsoon Contingency Directive – 2016’. This contains input from all stakeholders, incorporates experiences of the past and surveys wider avenues for effective contingency planning. In order to further consolidate these preparations and ensure ground coordinations Chairman NDMA Major General Asghar Nawaz started a series of consultative meetings with all provincial and regional disaster management authorities by visiting them individually.

This series of consultative meetings started with a visit to Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) Sindh – Karachi, followed by a visit to Khyber Pukhtonkhwa and FATA Disaster Management Authorities – Peshawar, a visit to State Disaster Management Authority AJ&K – Muzaffarabad and lately a visit to PDMA Punjab – Lahore. These meetings helped in carrying out a detailed review of all pre-monsoon preparations and contingency planning at provincial and district levels.

Meeting at PDMA Punjab was held at Lahore on 1st July 2016. It was co chaired by Chairman NDMA Major General Asghar Nawaz and Senior Member Board of Revenue Punjab Mr. Jawed Rafeeq Malik. Officials of PDMA Punjab, related lines departments, representatives of NDMA and Pakistan Armed Forces attended the meeting.

Chairman NDMA, while appreciating the efforts of PDMA Punjab and all related provincial departments emphasized the need for extraordinary preparedness in the wake of PMD’s forecast of likely beyond normal rainfalls during this monsoon season. He called for putting in place enhanced measure of Early Warning particularly in areas affected by hill torrents to include areas of Rajanpur and D.G Khan. He stressed the need for a detailed stocktaking of rescue equipment of army and rescue 1122 and formulation of joint plans incorporating resources of army and district emergency services like Rescue 1122 for optimizing the response using Flood Vulnerability vis-a-vis Threat based approach.

Chairman asked all concerned to factor in needs of vulnerable groups i.e., children, women, disabled and aged people in planning and execution of relief operations.

In a separate meeting with Chief Secretary Punjab it was agreed upon to further strengthen coordination mechanism between NDMA and PDMA Punjab vis-a-vis PDMA Punjab and other related provincial and federal departments to ensure better coordination and timely activation of all possible efforts for saving precious human lives and properties.

Chairman NDMA assured fullest support of NDMA to the Government of Punjab.

Islamabad, 29th June 2016:

NDMA hosting 13th RCC meeting in Pakistan 

The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) on behalf of Government of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan will host the 13th Regional Consultative Committee on Disaster Management (RCC-13), on 3–4 October 2016 in Islamabad, Pakistan.

The RCC-13 will discuss implementing the initiatives set forth by the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, the Sustainable Development Goals, and the new Climate Change Agreement. It will also discuss the upcoming Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (AMCDRR) taking place in New Delhi, India, 14–17 November 2016.

The Regional Consultative Committee is an annual event made up of 26 member countries that serves as an informal consultative mechanism on disaster risk reduction in the Asia Pacific region. Every year, senior representatives working on key government positions in the national disaster management systems of countries participate and exchange experiences in addition to developing practical cooperative programs on disaster risk reduction and climate change adaption.

ADPC, acting as the secretariat since the committee’s inception in 2000, will facilitate the meeting and use its findings to shape the direction of future programs.

Muzaffarabad, 24th June 2016:

Consultative Meeting on Pre Monsoon Preparedness and Contingency Planning Held at Muzzaffarabad (AJK)

NDMA is holding consultative meetings with all provincial / regional disaster management authorities to review pre-monsoon preparedness and contingency planning for upcoming Monsoon Season. In this regard a meeting was held with State Disaster Management Authority (SDMA) AJ&K at Muzzafarabad on 24th June 2016.
A high level meeting was held at the Chief Secretary AJ&K Secretariat co-chaired by Chairman NDMA Major General Asghar Nawaz and Chief Secretary AJ&K Mr. Sultan Sikandar Raja. It was attended by IG Police, Secretary ENSE, Secretary P&D, Secretary Finance, Secretary Information, Additional Chief Secretary Development, Additional Chief Secretary General, Secretary Agriculture, Secretary Electricity, Commissioner and Deputy Commissioners, representatives of NDMA and Pakistan Armed Forces.
DG SDMA Mr. Zaheer Uddin Qureshi briefed on the preparedness measures undertaken and contingency plans. Chairman NDMA emphasized the need for enhanced preparedness in the wake of above average rainfall predicted during impending monsoon season. He stressed on forward stocking of relief goods, identifications of landslide sites, strengthening of community early warning (EW) System for areas like Neelum / Upper Neelum Valley, Lipa Valley and similar inaccessible areas, initiation of public awareness campaign through radio, prepositioning of earth moving machinery and Identification of save heavens in slide prone areas for relief camps.
Chairman asked all concerned to factor in needs of vulnerable groups i.e., children, women, disabled and aged people in planning and exec of relief operations.
Chairman NDMA highlighted the need for emergency wheat stocking in areas likely to be cutoff due to landslides, engagement of utility stores for pre-positioning of Food Packs in vulnerable areas and need for timely completion of relief stocks procurement.
Earlier in a separate meeting with Chief Secretary AJK It was agreed upon that Government of AJK will work towards operationalization of State Disaster Management Fund (SDMF), for use in emergencies, as mandated under (NDM Act 2010). In this regard it was agreed that request will also be made to the federal government for strengthening of SDMA enabling it to meet the challenges of Climate Change and Disaster Management.
Chairman NDMA appreciated the efforts of SDMA in putting in place the preparatory measures based on lessons learnt from the past experiences and prevailing ground situation. Chairman NDMA assured fullest support of NDMA to the Government of AJ&K.

Peshawar 22nd June 2016:

NDMA, PDMA KP and FDMA Consultative Meeting on Pre Monsoon Preparedness and Contingency Planning.

NDMA initiated Monsoon preparation process including planning, consultations and coordination with all stakeholders, provincial / regional and State Disaster Management Authorities (DMAs) and all related departments ever since the start of 2016. Detailed planning process followed ground coordination and review of preparations down to district level. This comprehensive process closely supervised by Chairman NDMA culminated into the National Monsoon Preparedness Conference held on 9th Jun 2016 at Islamabad. Resultantly, a National Monsoon Contingency Response Directive 2016 was formulated.Chairman NDMA visit KP (Monsoon 2016 meeting) (6)

In order to consolidate efforts, series of consultative meetings commenced. First meeting was held on 17th Jun 2016 at PDMA Sindh Karachi chaired by Chairman NDMA coupled with a meeting with Chief Secretary Sindh. Second high level consultative meetings was held on 22nd Jun 2016 with PDMA KPK and FATA Disaster Management Authority (FDMA) at Peshawar.

The meeting at Peshawar was chaired by Chairman NDMA, Major General Asghar Nawaz. NDMA officials, representatives of PDMA Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and FDMA participated in the meeting.

DG PDMA Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Mr. Amir Affaq and Director Operations FDMA briefed the Chairman NDMA on preparations for monsoon-2016, existing gaps and preventive measures undertaken based on past experiences and state of preparedness of all relevant departments.

Chairman NDMA appreciated the efforts, emphasized urgent need of addressing the shortfalls, further improvement of Community Early Warning Systems (EWS) in vulnerable areas of flash floods & GLOF, timely stockpiling of required relief items especially at district level and completion of ongoing flood protection schemes beside a need for continuous and vigilant monitoring of Flood Situation.

Chairman further asked for storage of wheat especially in the vulnerable areas of Malakand and Hazara Divisions, prepositioning of earth moving machinery at critical bridges and road sections,

enhancement of measures against rains in TDP camps and early procurement of additional rescue equipment for Army.

After holding consultative meeting, Chairman NDMA had a detailed meeting with Chief Secretary Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Mr. Amjad Ali Khan wherein need for efficient surveillance of ground situation before and during emergencies was stressed. Discussions also included operational matters as related to the Disaster Management at provisional level.  Chairman NDMA assured all possible support to the provincial authorities.

Islamabad 21 June 2016:

NDMA and United Nations Entity for Gender Equity & Empowerment of Women (UN Women) Signed an LOA to Strengthen Responses with Focus on Women during Disasters.

The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) has signed a Letter of Agreement (LoA) with the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) through support from United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) to strengthen responses with focus on women and issues faced by them during and post disasters.IMG_0167

Pakistan has been home to disasters, which have devastating consequences, including widening of the ‘gender’ gaps between women and men.

Women and other vulnerable groups often have fewer resources to protect themselves and, with children, they frequently make up the majority of displaced persons. There are empirical evidences that women are better placed and envisaged to be responsive in these situations. However, their exclusion limits their access to opportunities to recover and rebuild communities. Within this context it is essential to establish solid foundations for survivor-centred response mechanisms in the Country that can be adapted in both emergency and normal settings.

. The Gender and Child Cell (GCC) of the NDMA will be playing an active role towards this direction which includes the development of education sector training material, capacity building of key stakeholders, policy guidance for risk mitigation, prevention and response to Gender Based Violence (GBV) in humanitarian programming.

The partnership will contribute towards building the capacity of the NDMA consistent with its mandate to develop guidelines and standards to safeguard the rights and interests of vulnerable groups during disasters. More specifically the partnership aims to enhance the National capacity of the NDMA to formulate, and disseminate the national implementation of multi-sectoral policies and guidelines, and to develop appropriate learning resource packages to guide harmonized implementation of standard operation procedures, minimum standards and other related guidelines as per the aims of the programme.

The Agreement was signed by Maj Gen Asghar Nawaz, Chairman NDMA and Ms. Sangeeta Thapa, Deputy Representative, UN Women Pakistan.

Islamabad 17 June 2016:

Consultative Meeting on Pre Monsoon Preparedness and Contingency Planning Held at Karachi (Sindh)

NDMA is holding consultative meetings in collaboration with all the provincial/ regional disaster management authorities to review pre-monsoon preparedness and contingency planning by respective provinces/regions for upcoming Monsoon Season. In this regard, a high level meeting was convened through PDMA Sindh in Karachi  today.

The meeting was chaired by Chairman NDMA, Major General Asghar Nawaz while participants of the meeting included NDMA officials, representatives of all key provincial stakeholders including (Secretaries, Commissioners as well as key departments/line agencies) besides representatives of PDMA Sindh, PMD, Armed Forces and Navy.

DG PDMA Sindh gave detailed presentation on various contours of provincial contingency plan for Monsoon-2016, details of vulnerable districts that may fall in the threat of flooding during the Monsoon Season-2016. The DG also apprised NDMA team on the level of PDMA Sindh preparedness based on lessons learnt from previous floods across the country especially in Sindh province to cope with any rain/flood situation.

Chairman NDMA appreciated the efforts and also stressed the need for strong and efficient early warning dissemination system in place, timely prepositioning of required rescue and relief stocks at the district level. He stressed enhanced and strict coordination mechanism among federal and provincial authorities to generate timely integrated response and quick actions in case of any eventuality during monsoon 2016. He also apprised the participants about national scale contingency plan to combat 2016 monsoon season for which NDMA organized National Conference on June 2016.

After holding the consultative meeting, Chairman NDMA also had detailed meeting with Chief Secretary Sindh Mr. Muhammad Siddique Memon where in need to better manage ground situation in case of any emergency was stressed with the support of entire provincial setup. Chairman also proposed raising of Rescue 1122 in Sindh similar to the pattern of Punjab.

Islamabad 15 June 2016:

Review of Flood Forecasting Early Warning System at Nullah Lai

Chairman NDMA, Major General Asghar Nawaz held a conference of Frequency Allocation Board, Ministry of Interior and Pakistan Meteorological Department for early restoration of allocated frequency of Flood Forecasting Warning System (FFWS) Network for Lai Nullah.17

Flood Forecasting Warning System (FFWS) is Early Warning System (EWS) installed at Lai Nullah by Pakistan Meteorological Department in 2006. Radio Telemetry Communication installed at Lai Nullah Flood Forecasting Warning System (FFWS) Network, plays a critical role in Early Warning System against the flash flood.

Pakistan Meteorological Department has reported that the frequency on  which Early Warning System communication was working, that Radio Telemetry System has been allocated to NADRA for the Safe City Project due to which currently Early Warning System at Nullah Lai is non operational.

Considering it a serious matter, a number of meetings have been held between Pakistan Meteorological Department and Frequency Allocation Board and NDMA. Chairman NDMA called the head of all Frequency Allocation Board, Pakistan Meteorological Department in order to resolve the issue prior to the onset of impending Monsoon Season.

Islamabad 9th June 2016:

NDMA Holds National Pre Monsoon 2016 Preparedness Conference

1. National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) organized Pre Monsoon 2016 Preparedness Conference, at Islamabad on 9th June 2016. It was aimed at reviewing all preparatory efforts put in place at Federal / Provincial level for Monsoon Season-2016 and to harmonize all related Provincial and Departmental Plans with respect to Flood Fighting, Rescue, Relief and Post Flood Rehabilitation.

2. Conference was chaired by Chairman NDMA Major General Asghar Nawaz. It was attended by senior representatives of various Federal Ministries including Communication, Water & Power and Railways. Officials from WAPDA, Provincial Irrigation Departments, DGs of PDMAs / SDMA / GBDMA / FDMA & IRSA, representatives of Armed Forces, CDA, NESPAK, SUPARCO, Pakistan Red Crescent, UN agencies, Pakistan Boys Scouts Association, Pakistan Girls Guide Association and all other relevant Provincial & Federal Departments.

3. While presenting Monsoon Outlook of 2016, PMD predicted likelihood of 10 – 20% above Normal rainfalls across the country. More than Average rainfall is expected over Punjab, KP, Sindh, AJK & North East Balochistan. Some extreme rainfall events are likely to occur in catchment areas of major rivers which may cause Floods. There is also a high probability of heavy downpour which may generate Flash Flooding along Suleman Range. Some heavy downpour events may produce Urban Flooding in big cities. Some strong incursions of Monsoon currents, coupled with high temperature, may trigger GLOF, Landslides and Flash Floods in Upper KP and GB. FFC presented province wise vulnerable points needing special attention, policy for Dam management, NHA shared progress on preparatory efforts undertaken for various National Highways with focus on KKH, Gilgit-Skardu Road, Dir-Chitral Road, Rawalpindi-Murree-Muzaffarabad Road, Manshera-Naran Road. Pakistan Army Engineers Directorate informed participants about Army’s preparedness measures in support of civil administration. UNOCHA shared resource capacities of UN agencies across Pakistan coordination mechanism.

4. NDMA presented the salient of National Monsoon Contingency Response Directive-2016. NDMA realistically identified the limitations of existing Response Mechanism within which all stakeholders have to operate. Weaknesses based on past experiences were also highlighted for improvement. Four Contingency Scenarios have been visualized by NDMA based on the Pre Monsoon Forecast issued by Pakistan Met Department. These are “Moderately Above Normal Monsoon” (Most Likely), “Intense Monsoon (Probable)”, “Erratic Monsoon (Less Probable)”, Abnormal Erratic Monsoon (Most Dangerous). Participants were asked that National/Provincial Response for Flood Fighting / Rescue / Relief will be configured against “Most Likely Scenario i.e “Moderately Above Normal Monsoon” while all concerned must take safeguard against other three scenarios as well.

5. It was highlighted that Monsoon Season presents threat of Riverine Floods, Flash Floods, Urban Flooding and Glacier Lake Floods. The responsibility Matrix was also presented which defined the role of each department i.e. FFC / Provincial. Irrigation Department being primarily responsible for Riverine / Flash Flood management while Municipal Corporations/ City Development Authorities / District Governments are responsible for Urban Flood Management. NDMA/PDMA and all other Line Departments / Organizations are responsible for Flood Fighting, Rescue, Relief, Reconstruction & Rehabilitation operations within respective domain. Armed forces are to be called for emergency response in Aid of Civil Administration as per Contingency Plans.

6. NDMA Response Directive outlines major response guidelines which include community early warning through SMS Alerts in districts likely to be affected by floods, coordination of relief stocks held with all PDMAs/DDMAs, resource mapping, completion of flood protection works before 30 June 2016, availability of bailey bridges for critical sections by NHA, placement of earth moving machinery in KP, AJK & GB at isolated zones by respective highway departments, timely evacuations at encroached settlements in river plains, enhancement of Early Warning System for communities in Flash Flood prone areas and maintenance of flood rescue equipment.

7. Chairman NDMA while thanking all participants hoped that NDMA’s Response Directive will provide guidance to all Disaster Management Authorities and relevant stakeholders for execution of respective contingency plans.

 

Islamabad 06 June 2016:

Media to Play its Role in Awareness Raising for Disaster Management

Pakistan is Advancing in Technology for Preemptive Measures for Disaster Management, Chairman NDMA

(ISLAMABAD: June 6th, 2016: In a half day media workshop on reporting Disaster “An all Inclusive Approach” organized by NDMA and Mediations Pakistan, Special Assistant to Prime Minister Dr. Mussadaq Malik highlighted the significance of responsible and proactive media reporting in order to ensure maximum safety of communities during natural or manmade disasters. “Media has a power to educate masses and prepare them to avoid panic and life losses during disaster”, said Dr. Mussadiq Malik in his statement. Media has to rise as a sign of hope for vulnerable

ISLAMABAD: Chairman National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) Major General Asghar Nawaz and Prime Minister Spokesman Mussadiq Malik posing for group photo along with participants during closing ceremony of media workshop on Disasters Reporting organised by Mediations Pakistan and NDMA at local hotel. INP PHOTO

ISLAMABAD: Chairman National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) Major General Asghar Nawaz and Prime Minister Spokesman Mussadiq Malik posing for group photo along with participants during closing ceremony of media workshop on Disasters Reporting organised by Mediations Pakistan and NDMA at local hotel. INP PHOTO

communities in the times of need, he further added. Dr. Mussadiq Malik appreciated the efforts of NDMA and Mediations Pakistan to engage with media and support help understand the disaster management systems of the country.

Chairman NDMA Maj Gen Asghar Nawaz urged media to play its pivotal role in raising awareness and educate masses to prepare themselves in case of natural or manmade disasters. “Media and NDMA need to go shoulder to shoulder to protect our people from catastrophes” said Chairman NDMA in his remarks at the workshop.

During the workshop, NDMA’s Resource Person Syed Ayub Shah said that, “Pakistan is continuously under threat of experiencing natural disasters like, floods, earthquake, heat-wave, droughts etc. We cannot fight with natural disasters but can prevent, mitigate and prepare ourselves against the likely impacts that may occur during any disaster, In this regard information exchange with the general masses through regular media reporting on natural disasters can play a pivotal role is timely life savings and effective response measures.”

Executive Director Mediations Pakistan, Mr. Wajih Akhtar said, that we have received a tremendous response from media on organizing media workshops on such an important subject. He said that, only media can help reduce life losses by raising more awareness on natural disasters.

National Disaster Management Authority in collaboration with Mediations Pakistan and with the support of Unicef, organized a Media Workshop on Reporting Disasters” held on Monday 6th of June 2016 in Islamabad. The workshops aimed at sensitizing local media community on country’s national disaster management system and role of different stakeholders of society, especially the media. This workshop also provided with an opportunity to the reporters to share their experiences of covering various disaster situations, challenges faced in response and best practices adopted. They also became members of “Journalist for Disaster Reporting Group (JDRG)”. A series of media workshops have been planned for engaging media reporters towards effective and meaningful disaster reporting to mount better preparedness, timely response and quick recovery. Large number of journalists from electronic and print media reporting natural disasters participated in the workshop and shared their experiences and challenges in the line of duty.

National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) is the Apex national level Focal Agency for Disaster Management in Pakistan. It, therefore, is mandated to take all stakeholders on-board specifically media for forging an effective preparedness, befitting response and structured recovery in case of any disaster of sizeable magnitude. Towards the same, Media shoulders a very sensitive and prime responsibility of disseminating information, promoting advocacy and creating awareness at grass root levels and thereby contributing significantly.

Karachi 04 June 2016:

Media can help reduce life losses by raising more awareness about natural disasters – Karachi

Pakistan, primarily due to its geographic location and topographical layout, is faced with extreme environmental & climatic challenges. These give rise to a multitude of hazards which include hydro-meteorological, seismic and manmade. The spectrum of disasters resultantly is wide ranging over natural calamities like extreme rain events, all types of floods, torrential rains, Glacial Lake Outburst Floods (GLOFs), landslides, droughts, cyclones, extreme heat waves, mini cyclones, avalanches and others. Similarly, Pakistan’s positioning on seismic fault zones makes it vulnerable to geological hazards including earthquake and tsunami. The enormity of these challenges call for a well thought of, coherent, concerted and coordinated approach to be collectively forged by incorporating all state organs, civil society organizations, media houses, intelligentsia and public at large.Karachiorg

National Disaster Management Authority in collaboration with Mediations Pakistan and with the support of Unicef, organized a Media Workshop on Reporting Disasters” held on Saturday 4th of June 2016 in Karachi. The workshops aimed at sensitizing local media community on country’s national disaster management system and role of different stakeholders of society, especially the media. This workshop also provided with an opportunity to the reporters to share their experiences of covering various disaster situations, challenges faced in response and best practices adopted. They also became members of “Journalist for Disaster Reporting Group (JDRG)”. A series of media workshops have been planned for engaging media reporters towards effective and meaningful disaster reporting to mount better preparedness, timely response and quick recovery. Large number of journalists from electronic and print media reporting natural disasters participated in the workshop and shared their experiences and challenges in the line of duty.

Senator Dr. Karim Khwaja addressing participants of the workshop appreciated the efforts of Mediations and National Disaster Management Authority to engage with media in reporting natural disasters with an inclusive approach. He said, media can save lives by sharing factual information on prevention, mitigation and preparedness.

During the workshop, NDMA’s Resource Person Syed Ayub Shah said that, “Pakistan is continuously under threat of experiencing natural disasters like, floods, earthquake, heat-wave, droughts etc. We cannot fight with natural disasters but can prevent, mitigate and prepare ourselves against the likely impacts that may occur during any disaster, In this regard information exchange with the general masses through regular media reporting on natural disasters can play a pivotal role is timely life savings and effective response measures.”

Mr. Ahmed Kamal, Member National Disaster Management Authority said that Pakistan is blessed with a very well informed, vibrant and active media on national as well as  regional level that has always played a crucial role during any natural disaster situation, be it an earthquake 2005 or floods in 2010. NDMA is determined to engage with media on regular bases to help support the cause. Aspects of media reporting on pre, during and post disaster situations were discussed as well.

Executive Director Mediations Pakistan, Mr. Wajih Akhtar said, that we have received a tremendous response from media on organizing media workshops on such an important subject. He said that, only media can help reduce life losses by raising more awareness on natural disasters.

National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) is the Apex national level Focal Agency for Disaster Management in Pakistan. It, therefore, is mandated to take all stakeholders on-board specifically media for forging an effective preparedness, befitting response and structured recovery in case of any disaster of sizeable  magnitude. Towards the same, Media shoulders a very sensitive and prime responsibility of disseminating information, promoting advocacy and creating awareness at grass root levels and thereby contributing significantly.

Lahore 28 May 2016:

Media can help reduce life losses by raising more awareness about natural disasters

Pakistan, primarily due to its geographic location and topographical layout, is faced with extreme environmental & climatic challenges. These give rise to a multitude of hazards which include hydro-meteorological, seismic and manmade. The spectrum of disasters resultantly is wide ranging over natural calamities like extreme rain events, all types of floods, torrential rains, Glacial Lake Outburst Floods (GLOFs), landslides, droughts, cyclones, extreme heat waves, mini cyclones, avalanches and others. Similarly, Pakistan’s positioning on seismic fault zones makes it vulnerable to geological hazards including earthquake and tsunami. The enormity of these challenges call for a well thought of, coherent, concerted and coordinated approach to be collectively forged by incorporating all state organs, civil society organizations, media houses, intelligentsia and public at large.Lahore

National Disaster Management Authority in collaboration with Mediations Pakistan and with the support of Unicef, organized a Media Workshop on Reporting Disasters” held on Saturday 28th of May 2016 in Lahore. The workshops aimed at sensitizing local media community on country’s national disaster management system and role of different stakeholders of society, especially the media. This workshop also provided with an opportunity to the reporters to share their experiences of covering various disaster situations, challenges faced in response and best practices adopted. They also became members of “Journalist for Disaster Reporting Group (JDRG)”. A series of media workshops have been planned for engaging media reporters towards effective and meaningful disaster reporting to mount better preparedness, timely response and quick recovery. Large number of journalists from electronic and print media reporting natural disasters participated in the workshop and shared their experiences and challenges in the line of duty.

Member Provincial Assembly Ms Asma Bukhari addressing participants of the workshop appreciated the efforts of Mediations and National Disaster Management Authority to engage with media in reporting natural disasters with an inclusive approach. She said, media can save lives by sharing factual information on prevention, mitigation and preparedness.

During the workshop, NDMA’s Resource Person Syed Ayub Shah said that, “Pakistan is continuously under threat of experiencing natural disasters like, floods, earthquake, heat-wave, droughts etc. We cannot fight with natural disasters but can prevent, mitigate and prepare ourselves against the likely impacts that may occur during any disaster, In this regard information exchange with the general masses through regular media reporting on natural disasters can play a pivotal role is timely life savings and effective response measures.”

Mr. Ahmed Kamal, Member National Disaster Management Authority said that Pakistan is blessed with a very well informed, vibrant and active media on national as well as  regional level that has always played a crucial role during any natural disaster situation, be it an earthquake 2005 or floods in 2010. NDMA is determined to engage with media on regular bases to help support the cause. Aspects of media reporting on pre, during and post disaster situations were discussed as well.

Executive Director Mediations Pakistan, Mr. Wajih Akhtar said, that we have received a tremendous response from media on organizing media workshops on such an important subject. He said that, only media can help reduce life losses by raising more awareness on natural disasters.

National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) is the Apex national level Focal Agency for Disaster Management in Pakistan. It, therefore, is mandated to take all stakeholders on-board specifically media for forging an effective preparedness, befitting response and structured recovery in case of any disaster of sizeable magnitude. Towards the same, Media shoulders a very sensitive and prime responsibility of disseminating information, promoting advocacy and creating awareness at grass root levels and thereby contributing significantly.

Islamabad 22 May 2016:

UN Assistant Secretary General Lauds Pakistan Stall as one of the Best in World Humanitarian Summit Exhibition Fair

Istanbul, Turkey 22 May, 2016: First-ever World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) is being held in at Istanbul, Turkey under the auspices of United Nations.

Renowned personalities in the field of humanitarian affairs from Government Departments, UN Agencies, Foreign Missions, Donor Agencies, Civil Society, Philanthropist Organizations are participating in the event.

The World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) is an initiative of the United Nations Secretary-General to forge new partnerships and find better ways to meet humanitarian needs. The Summit aims at re-inspiring and reinvigorating commitment to humanity, initiate set of concrete actions and commitments for better preparation and response and share innovations and best practices that can help to save lives around the world.

Pakistan, as a Member State, with a credible standing in humanitarian crises management is actively participating in WHS to explore opportunity for Pakistan to showcase the achievements for Global viewership and sharing of best practices in the domain of disaster management/humanitarian response.

NDMA is also hosting an Exhibition Fair and Innovative Marketplace during the Summit in Turkey. Pakistan’ s stall exhibits photo of Father of the Nation and projects Pakistan’s Humanitarian Response Activities in an impressive manner.

The exhibition was inaugurated today by UN Assistant Secretary General and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator OCHA, Ms. Kyung Wha Kang. She visited NDMA Exhibition Fair and lauded Pakistan’s stall as one of the best in World Humanitarian Summit Exhibition Fair and also appreciated Pakistan’s stature in humanitarian affair.

Islamabad 4 May 2016:

Consultative Dialogue On World Humanitarian Summit

A Round Table consultation Dialogue was planned by NDMA today in collaboration with UN OCHA and Embassy of Republic of Turkey as a prelude to first-ever World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) IMG_0204planned to be held in May 2016 at Istanbul, Turkey under the auspices of United Nations.

Renowned personalities in the field of humanitarian affairs from Government Departments, UN Agencies, Foreign Missions, Donor Agencies, Civil Society, Philanthropist Organizations participated in the event.

The World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) is an initiative of the United Nations Secretary-General to forge new partnerships and find better ways to meet humanitarian needs. The Summit aims at re-inspiring and reinvigorating commitment to humanity, initiate set of concrete actions and commitments for better preparation and response and share innovations and best practices that can help to save lives around the world.

Pakistan, as a Member State, with a credible standing in humanitarian crises management is actively participating in WHS to explore opportunity for Pakistan to showcase the achievements for Global viewership and sharing of best practices in the domain of disaster management/humanitarian response. NDMA will also be hosting a Side Event in the form of Seminar with theme “Reaching People in Need; Pakistan’s Experience”, an Exhibition Fair and Innovative Marketplace during the Summit in Turkey.

The consultations for WHS Roundtable sessions were based on actionable areas identified in UN Secretary General’s Report a)Role of Political Leadership to Prevent & End Conflicts, b)Uphold the Norms that Safeguard Humanity, c)Leaving No One Behind: A Commitment to Address Forced Displacement, d)Women & Girls: Catalyzing Action to Achieve Gender Equality, e)Natural Disasters & Climate Change: Managing Risks & Crises, f)Changing Peoples Life: From Delivering Aid to Ending Need, g)Humanitarian Financing: Investing in Humanity.

Important conclusions were drawn at the end of the Dialogue.

Islamabad 14 April 2016:

NDMA RELIEF SUPPORT TO GILGIT BALTISTAN

As part of relief operation, NDMA has sent another C-130 aircraft carrying 8 tons of Wheat flour today. Additional sorties carrying relief will also be sent today.
So far, total five C-130 sorties carrying 28 tons of relief goods have reached to GB as per need assessment. The relief consignment comprised of Wheat Flour, children Milk Powder and other dry ration besides 550 shelters and 350 blankets. Furthermore, more flights have also been scheduled to send ration to GB till opening of KKH.
NDMA in coordination with Government of Gilgit Baltistan and with the assistance of Pakistan Air Force (PAF) has initiated relief operation to meet food shortage in GB due to blocked road network.
In order to supplement relief efforts in GB, Chief Minister Balochistan Sardar Sanaullah Zehri and Minister for Home and PDMA Sarfraz Ahmed Bugti on behalf of Government of Balochistan have also handed over Tents, Blankets, Tarpaulin, Rice, Sugar and Pulses to NDMA for further transportation to Gilgit Baltistan. The relief items have reached Gilgit.

Islamabad 13 April 2016:

CHAIRMAN NDMA VISITS GILGIT BALTISTAN

In order to assess on-ground situation Chairman NDMA Major General Asghar Nawaz has visited Gilgit Baltistan today. He also met Chief Minister GB and all officials there to coordinate relief efforts in wake of closure of KKH and restoration of road network connecting GB.

NDMA in coordination with Government of Gilgit Baltistan and with the assistance of Pakistan Air Force (PAF) has initiated relief operation to meet food shortage in GB due to blocked road network.

In this regard total four C-130 sorties carrying relief goods have so far been sent to GB  carrying 20  tons of relief goods as per need assessment. The relief consignment comprised of Wheat Flour, children Milk Powder and other dry ration besides 550 shelters and 350 blankets. Furthermore, more flights have also been scheduled to send ration to GB till opening of KKH.

NDMA is in constant coordination with the Government of Gilgit Baltistan to provide all possible assistance in this regard. NDMA is continuously monitoring the situation and is in constant coordination with NHA and FWO to ensure early opening of the blocked roads.

 

 

Islamabad 12 April 2016:

NDMA SENDS RELIEF FOR GB LANDSLIDE AFFECTEES

 NDMA in coordination with Government of Gilgit Baltistan and with the assistance of Pakistan Air Force (PAF) has sent relief goods to GB via C-130 carrying 8 tons of Wheat Flour and 480 kg of Milk Powder (for children) to meet food shortage.

In addition, second C-130 sortie carrying 7.5 tons of ration (including lentils, sugar and Rice) is also scheduled to depart GB on 13 April, 2016. Furthermore, more sorties carrying ration will also be planned for GB till the situation normalizes.

The landslide occurred at multiple places at Karakorum Highway (KKH) disconnected road network connecting GB. NDMA is continuously monitoring the situation and is in constant coordination with NHA and FWO to ensure early opening of the blocked roads.

Following is the detail of blocked areas at KKH.

FOR MEDIA INFORMATION

Situation Report of National Highways – 12 April 2016

Due to recent heavy raining in parts of Northern Areas and Gilgit Baltistan, National Highway Network which includes N-15, N-35 (KKH), & S-1 has been damaged due to land slide and mud flow. Taking cognisance of the facts National Highway Authority has taken all necessary measures to ensure that repair works are immediately taken up. M/s FWO has been mobilized on N-35 (KKH) and S-1 (Gilgit-Skardu), whereas on N-15 different contractors are mobilized to clear avalanches and snow.

The Route wise Situation report is as under;

N-35: (Hassanabdal-Haripur-Abbottabad-Manshera-Thakot-Dasu-Gilgit-Khunjerab):

  1. Road from Hassanabdal up to Kiyal [km 0 to Km 266 (8 km after Pattan)] is open for all kind of traffic.
  2. At km 266+600, KKH in 90 meter width and in 40 meter depth has settled due to land slide. Now FWO has mobilized machinery from both ends and efforts are to make road cut      on the hill side through controlled blasting, so that road formation is constructed.
  3. Road after this 90 meter slide portion i.e. km 266+700 to km 298 has been cleared.
  4. At km 298 heavy slide has damaged KKH in 300 meter length and 90 meter depth. NHA has mobilized M/s FWO to clear the slide and make roadway by blasting the hill side.
  5. From km 298+300 i.e. after land slide portion road is clear up to km 306 (Barsin) one way.
  6. Road from km 306 (Barsin) to 326 (Looter) is open one-way.
  7. From km 326 to km 352 (Sazin) and up to Gilgit (km 540) road is open for traffic, however at certain places one way traffic is plying.
  8. From Gilgit (Km 540) up to Khunjerab (806) road is open for traffic.

S-1 (Jaglot-Sassi-Dambu Das-Shangrila-Skardu): Road has been blocked in the morning at km 75 due to landslide. FWO has been mobilized and by today evening, the road will be opened.

N-15 (Mansehra-Naran-Jalkhad-Chilas): Road from km 0 (Mansehra) to km 108 (Kaghan) is open for traffic, however, at few points its open one way. From km Kaghan (km 108) to Naran (km 127) snow and avalanche clearance is in progress.

 

 

Islamabad 11 April 2016:

NDMA HOLDS AN EMERGENT HIGH LEVEL MEETING OF SEISMIC SCIENTISTS AND EXPERTS TO REVIEW INCREASED SEISMIC ACTIVITY (EARTHQUAKES)

          An emergent Meeting was called at NDMA to scientifically and technically examine the escalated seismic activity of Hindu Kush Range. Seismologists from Pakistan Meteorological Department Earthquake Studies Department of Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad, Geologist from Geological Survey of Pakistan. Experts and Engineers from NDMA and SUPARCO attended the Meeting which was chaired by Chairman NDMA Major General Asghar Nawaz.

          A detailed analysis of recent seismic activity was reviewed in detail. All participants unanimously agreed to the assessment as presented by Pakistan Meteorological Department.

          Chairman NDMA directed all participants to undertake detailed study and analysis of the Hindu Kush Seismicity to ascertain any impending seismic threat.

NDMA RESPONSE TO 10 APRIL EARTHQUAKE

  • Immediate alerts were issued to all Provincial Disaster Management Authorities (PDMAs) to caution exercise in view of expected aftershocks.
  • DMAs of provinces/ AJ&K/ GB/FATA have been asked to carryout damage assessment. Instructions also issued to NHA, WAPDA, PTA and all other relevant departments also issued to assess damages.
  • Pakistan Air-force has been requested to carryout aerial photography/survey to evaluate damages to infrastructure and slope stability of mountains in GB and KP.
  • SUPARCO has been asked to provide satellite imageries to analyze the extent of damages, if any in GB and KP.
  • National Emergency Operation Centre of NDMA is already activated to monitor the situation 24/7.
  • NDMA help line numbers 111-157-157 and 9205037 have been activated to record the updates.
  • Till date 6 deaths (KP,5 & GB,1) and 7 injured(KP,5 & FATA,2) have been reported, whereas 22 houses were damaged in KP,20 & FATA,2) respectively.

NOTE:

In case of any emergency plz contact on following numbers:

PDMA Punjab:042-99203162-64, PDMA Sindh:021-99251458, PDMA Bachistan:081-2881168,PDMA KPK:091-9213845,PDMA FDMA:091-9216864, PDMA AJK,058-22921643, PDMA Gilgit Baltistan,058-11920874, NDMA, 111-157-157, 051-9205037

 

 

 

Karachi, 30 March, 2016:

FIRST NATIONAL INDUSTRIAL MOCK EXERCISE ORGANIZED JOINTLY BY NDMA – ENGRO

Karachi 30 March 2016: First National level Industrial Mock Exercise-Cum-Drill was organized by NDMA in collaboration with Provincial Disaster Management Authority Sindh, District Disaster Management Authority, Ghotki and Engro Fertilizers Limited at Daharki.IMG_0247

All relevant response agencies/departments including Armed Forces, participants from Engro Management, District Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) personnel, District Management, Neighboring Fertilizers, Power and Sugar Industry, Civil Defence Sindh, PAF CBRN Defence School and CAER (Community Awareness Emergency Response), industries like  FFC, Mari Petroleum Company, Fatima Fertilizers, Liberty Power and few others participated in the exercise.

The exercise-cum-drill was a day long activity based on different scenarios from initial emergency till response to create awareness about ‘Disaster Management’ of an industrial accident.

Chairman NDMA Major General Asghar Nawaz in his opening remarks welcomed all participants and highlighted the importance of industrial disaster management and appreciated efforts of all participants, especially Engro Fertilizers in holding first mock exercise. He said that making resources available for disaster management is one aspect and leadership is another important aspect. He gave example of ‘Bhopal Incident” where all kinds of resources were available but because of lack of leadership and skillful manpower desired results could not be achieved. He emphasized the need to develop capacity of civil administration to handle challenges at their own.

The exercise was followed by a debrief in which respective coordinators of the teams shared their observations. Chairman NDMA in his closing remarks He appreciated participation of all relevant industries and emphasized to enhance capacity of concerned industries and civil administration for combating industrial disaster and conducting relief / rehabilitation operations. He stressed on the need to make DDMA / PDMA fully functionalized & equipped to combat all tiers of disaster management. He also mentioned that other industries must also follow program of Community Awareness on emergency response (CAER) as effectively embarked by Engro.

Islamabad, 25 March, 2016:

Second Consultative Dialogue on National Policy Guidelines for School Safety against disasters held between NDMA and UNICEF

NDMA in collaboration with UNICEF and ADPC organized the second Consultative Dialogue to develop the Comprehensive School Safety Guidelines at National level, here at Islamabad. It was a two day event held on the 24th and 25th of March, 2016. The Gender and Child Cell of the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA – GCC), with the support of the United Nations Children’s Fund  (UNICEF) and Asian Disaster Preparedness Centre (ADPC) is in the process of developing a set of National School Safety Policy Guidelines to be used by public and private schools across the Country in the event of natural and man-made disasters.

Chairman NDMA Major General Asghar Nawaz thanked the participants and recalled how helpful the input from the first dialogue had been. He stated that he had great faith in his team who was working day and night for the development of the guidelines and gave his own valuable input regarding the implementation of the guidelines. The chairman also said that NDMA aimed to launch the finalized document by January 2017.

The School Safety Guidelines will cover establishment and training of a school disaster safety team, development of the school safety and security plan, awareness creation about possible disasters, analysis of the specific vulnerability and hazards of the School environment,  evacuation routes and identified safe places, developing cooperation with the community; and practical exercises and evacuation mock drills to enable the School community to be prepared and to act adequately to save lives in case of an emergency.

The purpose of the guidelines is to build the capacity of Schools across the Country to prepare against and respond to disasters in an effective and efficient manner with minimal damage and loss of life. The sustained implementation of Guidelines would involve structural and non-structural interventions, establishment of a coordination mechanism amongst stakeholders and capacity building.

Participants for this two day activity comprised a select group of people who provided their valuable input for the development of the document. The participants were from ADPC, UNICEF, UNESCO and Hope ’87.

Islamabad 22nd March 2016:

NDMA Response to Landslide in District Chitral

Following the avalanche which occurred on 20 March 2016 affected area near village Sosum Tehsil Garam Chashma of District Chitral. Some 8 to 9 students of class 9 and 10 of this village are reportedly missing.  The Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa immediately mobilized all available resources for timely response to save the stranded people. Rescue teams were immediately mobilized. District  Admin, Police, Levies personnel, Chitral Scouts and  local Volunteers are assisting in rescue efforts.

However, due to adverse weather condition and heavy snow difficulty is being faced to carry out smooth rescue operation. So far two bodies have been recovered and due to heavy snow and severing of road links heavy machinery could not make their way to the affected area. District Administration with the help of local people trying hard to find the missing students.

In order to supplement these efforts, NDMA has requisitioned MI-17 helicopter from Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) to enhance the rescue activities and timely evacuate the stranded people. In addition to this, NDMA has also sent specialist Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) Teams to provide additional manpower and use trained expertise for timely evacuation of the dead bodies found and rescue the trapped persons to safer areas.

NDMA is constantly monitoring the situation with Provincial Disaster Management Authority and District Disaster Management Authority and has offered all possible assistance as and when needed.

 

Islamabad the 8th March, 2016:

NDMA holds Meeting on Strengthening Weather Early Warning System

 

NDMA coordinated a meeting among relevant stakeholders for achieving synergy and timely provisioning of weather Early Warning for all users. The Meeting was chaired by Chairman NDMA Major General Asghar Nawaz and participated by representatives from Pakistan Metrological Department (PMD), Civil Aviation Authority, Naval and Air Headquarters and senior Officers of NDMA.

The Meeting discussed challenges faced, areas of deficiency and limitations with respect to metrological aspects, means to ensure a robust early warning system across the Country, and enhance coordinations.

All participating organizations presented their respective capabilities and future development plans.

The Meeting stressed the need to augment Pakistan Metrological Department’s capability of weather forecasting Sops, for data sharing and professional trainings

Chairman NDMA stated that NDMA has emphasized the need to develop an integrated, effective & efficient early warning system at National, Provincial & Local Levels in the view of emerging challenges of climate changes. “This will not only ensure economy of effort but set a direction for development strategy for future plans and build resilience at all levels ensuring safety of lives and property”, said Chairman NDMA.

Islamabad 04 March, 2016:

NDMA plans Mock Exercise drill for Industrial Disasters.

Simulation exercises are useful to prevent large scale damages : Chairman NDMA

NDMA takes initiative in collaboration with Engro Corporation to conduct a simulation exercise for efficacy of
Contingency Plans and Standard Operating Procedures and to IMG_9700coordinate response in case of industrial accidents. In this regard a meeting was held in NDMA, presided by Chairman NDMA Major General Asghar Nawaz. The mock exercise will be held at Dharki in last week of March for rescue and relief in a contingency of industrial accident.

Representatives from Engro Fertilizers and Fauji Fertilizer briefed regarding existing safety measures in place at their respective facilities including Contingency Plans, Crisis Management System and training being provided to employees and locals of the area.

            Chairman NDMA informed that NDMA is following a pro-active approach towards disaster response and exercises are imperative to enhance response capacity of all stakeholders in order to minimize damage. He further stated that due to rapid urbanization and population growth, local residents living near industrial areas have become more vulnerable to such disasters.

            Representatives from Pakistan Army, Navy, District Administration Ghotki, Civil Defense Sindh and senior officials from NDMA attended the meeting.

Islamabad 22 February, 2016:

Panelists Stress Integrating Gender into Climate Change

Inequity: Women More Vulnerable to Disasters, Climate Change

Islamabad, 22 February, 2016: ‘Women are disproportionately vulnerable to the effects of natural disasters and Climate Change, where their rights and socio-economic status are not equal to those of men. Hence, empowerment of women is an important ingredient in building climate resilience’.DSC_1788 copy

Major General Asghar Nawaz, Chairman, National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), said this, at the inaugural address of roundtable on ‘Gender and Climate Vulnerabilities: Future Direction for Policy Research and Action’, organized by Leadership for Environment and Development (LEAD) Pakistan, in collaboration with Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN), OXFAM Novib and National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA). He appreciated LEAD Pakistan’s role in organizing the discussion on the important nexus between gender and Climate Change, an issue which concerns broader segment of the society, especially vulnerable women.

Ali Tauqeer Sheikh, CEO, LEAD Pakistan, and Director Asia, Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN), gave the welcome address and highlighted that women in Pakistan are increasingly getting affected from the impacts of Climate Change and there’s a dire need to integrate gender into Climate Change.

The panel discussion facilitated by Ali Tauqeer Sheikh informed that gender and equity are central to sustainable development. With Climate Change having a gender differentiated impact, where women are disproportionately affected, there is a dire need to address gender inequality, which has become a serious challenge for achieving sustainable and equitable climate compatible development.

According to Ali Tauqeer Sheikh, ‘At the moment the world is grappling with two challenges. First is poverty, as half of world’s population is below the poverty line, whereas the second is Climate Change. After COP21, if the world successfully limits global warming to 1.5 Degree Celsius, we’ll experience up to 3 Degree Celsius rise in temperature, which will further make our population vulnerable to the impacts of Climate Change.

The panel comprised distinguished experts from the government, embassies, and development sector, including Dr. Khawar Mumtaz, Member Board of Governors, LEAD Pakistan, and Former Chairperson, National Commission on Status of Women; Samar Minallah, Member Board of Governors, LEAD Pakistan, and Documentary Filmmaker & Anthropologist; Huma Chughtai, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Human Rights; Leslie Tinney, First Secretary, Canadian High Commission; Dr. Farhat Sheikh, Gender Advisor, Canadian High Commission; Seher Afsheen, Programme Manager, OXFAM Novib; Kay Schwendinger, Head of Resident Coordinator’s Office, United Nations Resident Coordinator’s Office (UNRCO); and Dr. Virginie la Masson, Research Officer, Social Development/Climate and Environment, Overseas Development Institute, London.

The roundtable aimed to help participants to share and gain knowledge, and serve as a stepping stone in mainstreaming gender within Climate Change.

About LEAD Pakistan: LEAD was established with the support of Rockefeller Foundation in the wake of United Nations Convention on Environment and Development (Rio Conference) in 1992. LEAD Pakistan was started as a member programme of LEAD International. LEAD’s Flagship Leadership Development Programme (LDP) was started in 1996 which is an innovative capacity building initiative designed with the purpose of providing knowledge, awareness, skills, exposure and linkages to leaders of tomorrow and integrating sustainable development concerns with their professional work. LEAD Pakistan has continued to build its portfolio by planning and delivering interventions in different development areas and sectors especially education, health, livelihood, food & agriculture, environment, forestry, water, energy and climate change etc.

Islamabad 18th February, 2016:

NDMA plans major initiatives in collaboration with UNDP for Year 2016

 

Project Review Board (PRB) meeting was held at NDMA Islamabad today to review progress of 2015 projects and those that will be jointly implemented by NDMA and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), Pakistan as part of the Annual Work Plan for the year 2016.

During the PRB meeting, detailed discussions were held on broad areas of collaboration including Public Private Partnership, Human Resource support to NDMA, capacity building of National Institute of Disaster Management (NIDM), support to Provincial Disaster Management Authorities and Community Based Disaster Risk Management (CBDRM) initiatives in vulnerable Districts.

Chairman NDMA Major General Asghar Nawaz thanked UNDP for its enduring support and reiterated that continued collaboration with international partners further strengthens the efforts being made by the Government towards Disaster Management.

The PRB meeting was attended by UNDP Country Director Mr. Marc Andre, senior officials from NDMA and UNDP Pakistan.

Islamabad 9th February, 2016:

Government of Pakistan Sends Relief Items to Tajikistan

Prime Minister of Pakistan announced a generous support of US $ 1 Million for the earthquake affected people of Tajikistan in the Gorno Badakhshan Region which was hit by an Earthquake of 5.6 magnitude on 7th December, 2015 carrying destruction of more than 1,330 houses and displacement of over 7,000 persons.IMG_9347

National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) has made arrangement for sending winterized Tents, Blankets and Wheat to Tajikistan. The first consignment of 2,100 Tents and  12,500 Blankets were dispatched today while 1,280 Tons of Wheat procured from PASSCO will be sent in the following days.

On behalf of the Government of Pakistan, Chairman NDMA Major General Asghar Nawaz handed over the 1st Tranche to Ambassador of Tajikistan H.E. Jononov Sherali herer at Islamabad.

Islamabad 4th February, 2016:

NDMA takes initiative for Seismic Assessment

Chairman NDMA, Major General Asghar Nawaz headed 2nd Conference of the Seismic Working Group which has been requisitioned by NDMA to plan, coordinate and execute a host of activities related to earthquakes and seismology at the National level.  IMG_9241

First meeting of the Seismic Working Group was held on 23rd November 2015. The second meeting deliberated upon progress made on points discussed in the first meeting as well as to chalk out future directions. The meeting was attended by experts and representatives of Geological Survey of Pakistan, Pakistan Metrological Department, Pakistan Engineering Council, Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission, Quaid-e-Azam University, WAPDA, National Highway Authority, ERRA, NESPAK, Survey of Pakistan, University of Engineering & Technology Peshawar, Survey of Pakistan, Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Resources and SUPARCO.

It was noted with satisfaction that all departments at National level have shared the data with each other regarding seismic studies/ events, maps and related material. Alongside that Pakistan Metrological Department established a comprehensive portal to give an overview of ongoing seismic activity for which preliminary PC-1 has been made for the updation of Geological Survey of Pakistan maps which are old and Standard Operating Procedure has been formulated for carrying out pre-earthquake monitoring, field assessment and post earthquake damage assessment. During the meeting it was also informed that Pakistan Engineering Council and NDMA are collaborating for revision of National Building Codes through NESPAK for which necessary formalities are ongoing.

It was highlighted that initiative to strengthen coordination among all concerned Departments has made positive improvement with respect to knowledge sharing and clarity in direction for the future. It was very well acknowledged by the participants of the conference.

Islamabad, 2nd February, 2016:

First Consultative Dialogue on National Policy Guidelines for School Safety against disasters held between NDMA and UNICEF

NDMA in collaboration with UNICEF Pakistan held first Consultative Dialogue to develop Comprehensive School Safety Guidelines at National level, here at Islamabad on 1st February, 2016. The Gender and Child Cell of the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA – GCC), with the support of the United Nations Children’s Fund  (UNICEF) is in the process of developing a set of National School Safety Policy Guidelines to be used by public and private schools across the Country in the event of natural and man-made disasters.IMG_8999

Chairman NDMA Major General Asghar Nawaz stated that School Children are among the most vulnerable segment during occurrence of disasters and therefore they require special attention. As a proactive initiative from NDMA, School Safety Guidelines are being developed that will provide much needed guidance and a unified direction at National level to ensure safety of Schools against wide array of natural calamities and manmade disasters, he said.

The School Safety Guidelines will cover establishment and training of a school disaster safety team, development of the school safety and security plan, awareness creation about possible disasters, analysis of the specific vulnerability and hazards of the School environment,  evacuation routes and identified safe places, developing cooperation with the community; and practical exercises and evacuation mock drills to enable the School community to be prepared and to act adequately to save lives in case of an emergency.

The purpose of the guidelines is to build the capacity of Schools across the Country to prepare against and respond to disasters in an effective and efficient manner with minimal damage and loss of life. The sustained implementation of Guidelines would involve structural and non-structural interventions, establishment of a coordination mechanism amongst stakeholders and capacity building.

Participants from various organizations including the Pakistan Red Crescent, UN Habitat, IOM, WFP, Oxfam, UNESCO, Hope ’87 and the Federal Ministry of Education attended the dialogue and gave objective inputs for the formulation of Guidelines.

Islamabad, February 01 2016:

National Disaster Management Authority partners with British Council for developing ‘Education in Emergencies’ strategy.

The British Council in Pakistan and National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on February 1 2016 to develop and collaborate for Education during Emergencies and disasters through mutual collaborative activities.IMG_9114

The joint partnership aims to support NDMA’s Vision to achieve sustainable social, economic and environmental development in Pakistan through reducing risks and vulnerabilities, particularly marginalised communities in the country. Through the aid of this partnership, the British Council will provide technical support and advocacy to develop research, content and training modules. Furthermore, it will play a key role in capacity building, curriculum development and raising awareness to help NDMA achieve their 2022 goals.

Speaking at the signing ceremony, Peter Upton CMG, Country Director, British Council in Pakistan stated, “The British Council in Pakistan is a global organization with a local approach. Through Education in Emergencies we aim to support NDMA’s vision to achieve sustainable development in Pakistan through capacity building, and building strategic partnerships that will benefit the future of Pakistan. We are dedicated to creating sustainable solutions by providing expertise in education and research which we hope will have a long term impact.”

Chairman NDMA, Major General Asghar Nawaz stated that Pakistan is most vulnerable to the effects of climate change and its consequences resulting into recurrent natural disasters, as witnessed in last decade. While the frequency of natural disaster may record increase, the Country also faces the challenges of man made disasters. The provision of education to our children affected by disaster therefore remains a constant challenge. A comprehensive National approach for education during emergencies and disasters alongside provision of safe, secure and conducive environment is therefore much warranted. At this juncture, the MoU will strive for continuous improvements in education toward better quality and relevance by carrying out activities through networking of institutions, as well as information and knowledge sharing between Pakistani and UK institutions through the coordination fly wheel of NDMA Pakistan.

The British Council in Pakistan has a diverse education portfolio, which aims to create linkages between higher education institutions in Pakistan and the UK to build the capacity of teachers, students and organizations across Pakistan. The present MoU, first of its kind will meaningfully contribute towards the neglected area of education during emergencies and disaster.

Islamabad 25th January, 2016:

CHINA HANDS OVER 2,950 TENTS TO NDMA

As a gesture of solidarity with the Pakistani brethren and in continuation to the Relief Goods provided during Earthquake of October 2015, the Peoples Republic of China has extended humanitarian relief assistance in the form of an additional tranche of 2,950 tents to the Government of Pakistan.DSC_5408

On behalf of the Government of China Ambassador Sun Weidong handed over relief consignment to Chairman NDMA Major General Asghar Nawaz at NDMA Warehouse Islamabad today.

Talking on the occasion, the Chinese Ambassador expressed and reiterated resolve of Chinese People to stand by the people of Pakistan, in combating the natural disasters. He also appreciated the Government of Pakistan for ensuring immediate response and provision of timely relief assistance to the affected population.

Chairman NDMA thanked the Chinese Ambassador for the support extended by the Peoples Republic of China.

Islamabad, January 22, 2016:

NDMA Holds Conference on Enhancement of Emergency Response (PEER) Training Program

Experience sharing among partner Countries helps effective disaster management:

Chairman NDMA

NDMA in cooperation with National Society for Earthquake Technology – Nepal (NSET), Network of Disaster Management Practitioners Pakistan (NDMP) and United States Agency for International Development (USAID) / Office for Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) held a Country Planning Meeting today to plan out the implementation of Enhancement of Emergency Response (PEER) Program in Pakistan, which is to run from 2016 – 2019.IMG_8923

            The Meeting was attended by Secretary General Pakistan Red Crescent Society, representatives from NSET Nepal, USAID, National Health Emergency Preparedness Response Network (NHEPRN), PDMA Punjab, Sindh, Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, GBDMA Gilgit Baltistan, FDMA FATA, SDMA Azad Jammu & Kashmir / Rescue 1122, Rescue 1122 Punjab, Rescue 1122 Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Network of Disaster Management Practitioners (NDMP) and CDA USAR Teams.

Chairman NDMA, Major General Asghar Nawaz during his opening remarks expressed that the 4th Programme termed as PEER Stage IV will help to effectively enhance response capacities of disaster’s first responders, medical professionals and local communities so as to effectively manage and save precious lives. He stressed the need to focus on capacity building of local communities and engaging youth organizations including Boy Scouts and Girl Guides for safety trainings. Moreover, Chairman NDMA said that experience sharing among NSET partner Countries will help fight disasters in an effective way.

            PEER aims to enhance disaster response capacity, reduce mortality, and increase the survival rate of disaster victims in ten Asian countries; Bangladesh, Cambodia, Indonesia, India, Lao PDR, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Vietnam and Thailand. PEER works to institutionalize disaster preparedness training programs and provide ongoing training to professional and non-professional emergency responders. Earlier, from 2007 to 2009 and 2011 to 2014 periods, approximately 1,500 persons have been trained in Disaster Risk Management, First Aid, Disaster Epidemiology, Hospital Disaster Planning, Emergency Department Operations, Mental Health and Psychological Care, Common Hazards and Community Response, Incident Command System, Dead Body Management, Fire Emergencies, Basic Search & Rescue, Water Emergencies and safety exercises.

Islamabad, January 22, 2016:

NDMA Holds Post Flood National Review Conference – 2015

Contingency Planning for Monsoon 2016 initiated

On 21st January, 2016, National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) conducted a day-long National Review Conference 2015 to analyze the Flood Management and Response efforts22.1.15 undertaken during Floods Season of Year 2015 by all stakeholders. The Conference was presided by Major General Asghar Nawaz, Chairman NDMA.

While welcoming the participants, Chairman NDMA appreciated the collaborative role of various departments that resulted in satisfactory management of 2015 Floods. He emphasized the need to further strengthen integrated disaster management system and coordination mechanism amongst all relevant stakeholders in order to ensure better preparedness. Chairman NDMA also reiterated that the aim of such conferences is to identify the gaps, record the lessons learnt / best practices and to devise strategy for future.

Structured presentations were given by Pakistan Meteorological Department, all Provincial Irrigation Departments, all Provincial Disaster Management Authorities, Army Representative, National Highway Authority (NHA) and Representatives of Mangla and Tarbela Dam.

Some tangible input was received for action by Federal and Provincial Government Departments. Flood mitigation projects / rehabilitation works by Irrigation Departments viz-a-viz availability of funding, timely completion of flood mitigation works before onset of next monsoon season, encroachments in river plains and huge annual expenditures on relief to population of said encroachments, ageing of rescue equipment held by Army viz-a-viz replacement cost to be borne by respective Provincial Governments, poor stocking level of relief goods at Districts and below, weak response mechanism at District level and equipment inadequacy of Pakistan Meteorological Department were identified as major challenges.

Chairman NDMA while thanking all participants said that notwithstanding rescue constraints and challenges thereof, a concerted as well as coordinated proactive response is much warranted to thwart the effects of flood disasters.

Islamabad, January 9, 2016:

Being an important stakeholder, training for media on disaster reporting is vital, Dr. Musadik Malik;

NDMA holds first of its kind National Consultative Dialogue on Role of Media in Disaster Management

Islamabad, January 9, 2016: A one day National Consultative Dialogue was organized by National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) today, in collaboration with Mediations Pakistan. Prominent media anchors, head table 1 (1)journalists, analysts, representatives from print media and civil society experts participated in the National Dialogue. Special Assistant & Spokesperson to the Prime Minister, Dr. Musadik Masood Malik while sharing his remarks in the Consultative Dialogue said that specialized training and expertise is required for media reporting during disasters. “Role of media is pivotal in managing the impacts of the disaster and we need to learn from our mistakes”, said Dr. Musadik Malik during his remarks.

Chairman NDMA, Major General Asghar Nawaz in his welcome remarks highlighted the fact that Pakistan is a land prone to disasters therefore we need a vigilant media to inform and educate public to take preemptive measures. Media has an ability to become eyes and ears of NDMA and guide us to plan better for the future, said the Chairman NDMA.

Earlier Mr. Wajih Akhtar from Mediations Pakistan presented the context of the Consultative Dialogue. Mr. Wajih Akhtar said that Pakistan has a vibrant media industry therefore it is imperative to get the point of views from media while making any guideline about disaster management plans in the country. Therefore, the objective of this Consultative Dialogue is to brainstorm on the role of media in disaster management and identify key challenges that are faced during the course of objective reporting.

Senator Nuzhat Sadiq, National Chairperson, Pakistan Girl Guides Association said that the main role of media is to educate the masses to negate panic in case of any disaster. “We lose more lives due to panic during disasters”. She also emphasized on inclusion of the subject of disaster management in education curriculum at various levels.

Participants during the open dialogue shared their perspectives to improve the role of media in disaster management. Key participants included Muhammad Ziauddin, Mazhar Abbas, Jamal Shah, P J Meer, Waseem Badami, Asghar Nadeem Syed, Dr. Farzana Bari, Mati Ullah Jan, Abdul Sattar Khan, Faisal Rehman, Anwar ul Hasan, Abdur Rauf, Beenish Saleem, Munizae Jahangir, Nadia Mirza, Saira Kabeer, Sahir Lodhi, Dr. Moeed Pirzada, Ammar Masood, Faisal Shakeel Syed and reporters from print and electronic media.

The Consultative Dialogue concluded with signing of Declaration titled ‘Role of Media in Disaster Reporting’ focusing on  active media participation during pre-disaster preparedness and early warning to the public especially vulnerable communities; bridge communication gap between Media, NDMA, PDMAs and all Government institutions; specialized training of media persons for disaster reporting; educating the public about awareness amongst masses especially against emerging and enhanced challenges of natural calamities in wake of Climate Change; formulation of effective mechanism with NDMA in lead role for awareness, training, information management as well as consistent endeavors for an enhanced engagement of media for disaster management.

Islamabad the 7th & 8th January, 2016

Meeting of NDMP Steering Committee

First meeting of the National Disaster Management Plan Steering Committee convened at National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), Prime Minister’s Office on January 7-8, 2016. The Committee is mandated to monitor and evaluate the implementation of National Disaster Management Plan 2012-2022 (NDMP) as well as to provide Strategic Policy Guidelines in the realm of Disaster Management.

It was chaired by the Chairman NDMA and attended by members of the steering committee,

Director General PDMAs and the key stakeholders Planning, Development and Reforms Division, Finance Division, Economic Affairs Division, , Ministry of Water & Power,  Ministry of Ports and Shipping, Ministry of Information Technology & Telecom, Pakistan Meteorological Department, Federal Flood Commission, , Geological Survey of Pakistan, SUPARCO, GCISC, National Institute of Disaster Management and Provincial Irrigation Departments.

Various implementing organizations presented the progress achieved in implementation of the respective activities as indicated in NDMP and highlighted the key challenges faced by them in this regard. Steering Committee showed concern in slow implementation of actions indicated in NDMP. Major component of NDMP is related to structural activities and Federal & Provincial agencies especially FFC, PMD, Provincial Irrigation Departments, etc. have to take lead role in this regard and implement projects through their respective annual development programmes. As regarding non-structural components for non-structural interventions the forum was informed that NDMP Implementation Roadmap was unveiled on 19th October, 2015 by NDMA. It focuses on risk assessments, capacity building and awareness. Two new concepts viz Government Officials Emergency Response Exercise (GOERE) and Mobilization of Volunteers Emergency Response Exercise (MOVERE) were also introduced to enhance the response capacities at the lowest tier of Disaster Management i.e. districts with the elements of Disaster Risk Reduction. The Roadmap was well taken by all the development partners and the response is very encouraging.

Steering Committee appreciated the efforts of NDMA. The Meeting concluded with a resolve to rigorously follow-up and review progress made against key decisions for the implementation of National Disaster Management Plan key interventions in Pakistan.

Islamabad the 5th Jan, 2015

JOINT PRESS CONFERENCE OF CHAIRMAN, NDMA AND DIRECTOR GENERAL, PAKISTAN METROLOGICAL DEPARTMENT

ISLAMABAD, Jan 5: Pakistan Meteorological Department has 20 stations besides 15 centres of neighboring countries to accurately calculate the intensity of earthquakes. Addressing a media briefing here on Tuesday, Director General Met office Dr. Ghulam Rasool said that United States Geological Survey has only seven station in this area while Met office get reports from 35 station

CHAIRMAN NDMA, MAJOR GENERAL ASGHAR NAWAZ AND D.G PAKISTAN METROLOGICAL DEPARTMENT, DR. GHULAM RASUL ADDRESSING A JOINT PRESS CONFERENCE IN ISLAMABAD ON JANUARY 5, 2016.

including its own and neighboring countries centres and calculate average on their readings. He informed that Pakistan falls in South Asian region which has three big mountain ranges and seismic zone fault lines lies at their junction. He informed that In North there is a Eurasian plate which is still but in South there is an Indian plate which is moving making the zone more prone to receive earthquakes.

DG Met said that after October 26 earthquake with the magnitude of 8.1, almost 800 after shocks has been received so far, adding that among this 150 shocks were above the intensity of 4 magnitude while the others are minors. He further informed that after the massive earthquake of 7.6 magnitude on October 8, 2005 almost 3500 small and big after shocks were registered for several months.”Small tremors are good to release earth energy and save from big shocks”, Dr. Ghulam Rasool stated. He informed that more earthquakes received in Koh Hindu Kash Region and 80 percent of earthquakes hit Pak‑Afghan and Afghanistan‑Tajikistan border.

The Director General said that in last five years a rapid surge has been recorded in earthquake jolts as 543 received in 2011, 754 in 2012, 675 in 2013, 771 in 2014 and 851 in 2015.

Chairman National Disaster Management Authority, Major General Asghar Nawaz shared that after October 26, 2015 earthquake they called  officials of Met office, Atomic Energy Commission, NESPAC, SPARCO, Pakistan Engineering Council, Geological Survey and other related departments to analyze further situation of after shocks. He stated that they are also working to establish a monthly catalog of earthquakes on website to inform masses.

Islamabad the 17th December, 2015

Suzuki Motors Donates Ambulances and Tents to NDMA   

 Chairman NDMA, Major General Asghar Nawaz has said that support from Private Sector is an importantIMG_9015component for entire spectrum of disaster management. He said this while meeting Mr. Kinji Saito, Global Chief  Suzuki Motors Company of Japan here in Islamabad today.

Pakistan Suzuki Motors Company as a goodwill gesture and part of its corporate social responsibility donated 20 Ambulances and 300 Tents to Pakistan in the wake of  Earthquake of 26th October, 2015.

Chairman NDMA thanked the Suzuki Company for this gesture and its generous contribution for the noble cause which will enhance the response capacity of the rescue and relief organizations. He emphasized the involvement of Private Sector in entire spectrum of Disaster Management especially disaster risk reduction measures.

Mr. Kinji Saito informed that Suzuki Company has been actively participating in the relief efforts during previous disasters in the Country and will continue to offer their assistance in times of need.

Later in a simple handing-over ceremony, Chairman NDMA, Major General Asghar Nawaz on behalf of Government of Pakistan received the Ambulances and Tents. The donated items will be further handed over to the Provincial Governments as per their priority need assessment.

Islamabad the 3rd December, 2015

 

NDMA Provides Tents For Rehabilitation Of Schools in Earthquake Hit Areas

In continuation of relief efforts for the 26 October 2015 earthquake affectees, NDMA has provided a total of 1,875 tents to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and FATA including 1,409 tents to Malakand IMG_7796Division in KPK. The tents provided to Malakand Division were further distributed among earthquake affected districts as per requirements i.e. 76 tents distributed in District Chitral, 581 in District Shangla, 49 in District Buner, 196 in District Swat, 129 in Lower Dir and 378 in Upper Dir. While a total of 70 tents were also handed over to local Administration of Bajaur in FATA at Saidu Sharif in Malakand Division today.

In addition a total of 396 tents were also handed over to Hazara Division Administration in KPK, by NDMA teams today. The distribution includes 16 tents for District Torghar and 380 tents for District Dassu.

On the occasion, Commissioner Malakand Division thanked NDMA for the support and assistance extended for the early recovery of the destroyed schools to facilitate the students in continuing their studies till complete rehabilitation of the school buildings.

It is to be noted that the 26th October earthquake not only caused damages to houses and other infrastructure but also fully damaged 251 schools in various earthquake hit areas of Khyber Pakhtunkwa and Federally Administered Tribal Areas.

Islamabad 1st December, 2015

NDMA FACILITATES MEDICAL ASSISTANCE IN TORGARH AND DASSU

Sequel to the earthquake of 26 October 2015 which led to the damages and losses in the far flung areas, concerted efforts have been made to provide necessary relief and assistance to the affectees. Moreover, NDMA has coordinated with Pakistan Air-Force and Pakistan Navy for transportation of Medical Teams comprising of male and female doctors and paramedical staff to Torghar and Dasu in Hazara Division. These Medical Teams have established two medical camps and are providing necessary medical support. These teams will remain stationed in Torghar and Dasu for the next 3 to 4 days to cater for the medical requirement of the earthquake affectees.

NDMA has offered all possible assistance to all relevant DMAs if and when needed to  supplement relief and rehabilitation efforts of the earthquake affectees.

Islamabad the 1st December, 2015

 

NDMA Ensures Speedy Progress in Relief & Disbursement of Compensation

Rs. 8.78 Billion Paid for Reconstruction of Damaged Houses  

 In the aftermath of earthquake on 26th October 2015, National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) mobilized all possible rescue and relief efforts in collaboration with relevant stakeholders including Pakistan Army, Navy, Air Force, SUPARCO, NHA, PTA and USAR Teams. NDMA arranged 3 helicopters for PDMA Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to undertake for rescue/relief operations. NDMA monitoring teams were deployed in the earthquake hit areas while Chairman NDMA, Major General Asghar Nawaz also regularly visited various areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Federally Administered Tribal Areas and Gilgit Baltistan to oversee relief efforts. The Federal Government through NDMA and Provincial Governments through their respective Disaster Management Authorities (DMAs) have ensured overall provision of  (in total) 47,054 Tents, 80,088 Blankets, 12,094 Plastic Mats, 968.98 tons of Food Packs, 22,000 Tarpaulins, 14 tons of bottled water, 27 tons of medicines besides 49 Water Filtration Plants in earthquake affected areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Federally Administered Tribal Areas FATA and Gilgit Baltistan respectively.

Moreover, NDMA has coordinated with Pakistan Air-Force and Pakistan Navy for transportation of Medical Teams comprising male and female doctors and paramedical staff to Torghar and Dasu in Hazara Division. These Medical Teams have established two medical camps and are providing necessary medical support. These teams will remain stationed in Torghar and Dasu for the next 3 to 4 days to cater for the medical requirement of the earthquake affectees.

The Federal Government has released Rs. 2.5 billion to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Government as part of payment for compensation while the tranches will be released to Azad Jammu & Kashmir, Gilgit Baltistan and Federally Administered Tribal Areas subject to completion of verification surveys.

A total of 270 out of 280 (96 %)  death cases have been compensated with a total payments of Rs. 160.95 million which includes 223 in KPK, 30 in FATA, 10 in GB, 2 in AJK and 5 in Punjab. Rs. 67.4 million have so far been disbursed among 672 out of 781 (86%) verified cases of injured which includes 603 from KPK, 143 in FATA, 17 in GB and 18 in AJK.68,911 out of 85,124 (81%) verified cases of damaged houses claims have been paid with a total of Rs. 8,782.9 million for reconstruction including 76,853 in KPK, 5,593 in FATA, 2,594 in GB, 76 in AJK and 8 in Punjab.

NDMA is continuously monitoring the relief and compensation activities and is constantly in touch with PDMAs and District Administrations to rehabilitate affectees at the earliest.

Islamabad 27 November,  2015

UPDATE ON RELIEF AND COMPENSATION DISTRIBUTED AMONG EARTHQUAKE AFFECTEES

Following 26 October earthquake, NDMA in collaboration with all stakeholders, Pakistan Armed Forces and Disaster Management Authorities ensured all possible relief assistance through prompt response and provision of timely relief assistance for the earthquake affectees. A commendable rescue and relief operation has been conducted with a sizeable relief sent to the affected areas.

So far 47,054 tents, 80,088 blankets, 12094 plastic mats, 968.98 tons of food packs, 22,000 tarpaulins, bottled water 14 tons, 49 water filter plants,12 generator sets and 27 tons of medicines have been sent as part of national relief efforts for the earthquake affectees.

KP has provided compensation for 223 dead and 472 injured while Punjab has provided compensation for 5 dead, GB has provided compensation for 14 dead and 17 injured, FATA has provided compensation to 28 dead and 143 injured while AJ&K has provided compensation to 2 dead.

In addition compensation for damaged houses in earthquake hit areas was also initiated on immediate basis. So far, 68,411 damaged houses in KPK, 20 damaged houses in FATA, 20 damaged houses in Gilgit Baltistan and 2 damaged houses in Punjab have so far been compensated to rebuild their damaged infrastructure.

 Islamabad the 25th November, 2015

Pakistan’s Seismic Zoning and Building codes to be revised : NDMA

Chairman NDMA, Major General Asghar Nawaz chaired a consultative conference, here in Islamabad, for discussing changing Seismic paradigm of Pakistan particularly in aftermath of 26 Oct,IMG_8647 (1) 2015 earthquake.

NDMA took the initiative to hold first of its kind Conference in which Pakistan’s top professionals and experts from all related departments participated to discuss the long-term road map for minimizing adverse impacts of earthquakes. Participants of the Conference opined that in recent years there is a sharp rise in number of seismic events worldwide both in terms of intensity and frequency of occurrences. Vulnerability has amplified owing to exponential population growth and rapid urbanization.

During the Conference, it was agreed that the existing seismic zoning of the Country needs to be revised  and Union Councils of all highly vulnerable seismic regions need to be included in the revised zoning atlas. It was also decided that revision of building codes is required to cover complete spectrum of buildings for both urban and rural areas so that a coherent approach is adopted for planning and to ensure synchronous efforts of all concerned stakeholders. A Subcommittee was formed for stock keeping of seismic studies, gap analysis and identifications of capacity shortfalls. The Subcommittee will submit its recommendation in two weeks’ time for planning a comprehensive Action Plan.

Participants of the Conference included Dr. Ghulam Rasul, DG Pakistan Metrological Department, Dr. Imran Khan, DG Geological Survey of Pakistan, Mr. Mehar Ali, Deputy Surveyor General of Survey of Pakistan, Brig. Fayyaz Husain Shah, DG Monitoring & Evaluation, ERRA, Eng. Ghulam Karim, Deputy Registrar of Pakistan Engineering Council, Mr. Zafar Iqbal, Director SUPARCO, and experts from  NESPAK, Center of Earthquake Studies, Center for Excellence in Geology, University of Engineering & Technology Peshawar and Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission.

   24th November, 2015

UPDATE 24 NOVEMBER 2015  

                                                                                        

  • An earthquake of 8.1 on Richter scale with epicenter in Hindu Kush struck on 26th October, 2015.
  • As per Pakistan Meteorological Department about 120 aftershocks with magnitude of 2.2-5.3 Richter scale have been recorded.
  • So far 124 aerial sorties have been flown.
  • 3 x relief camps and 27 relief distribution points established.
  • As per NHA, all National Highways are opened for traffic.
  • All health facilities are functional and providing emergency health assistance.
  • Armed forces have provided 4x Medical teams to augment the existing resources.
  • Verification process of the earthquake affectees is in progress.
  • NDMA teams are present in Malakand Division to oversee relief operation.

In case of any emergency or to register complain please contact

NDMA UAN No. 111-157-157 and 051-9205037

Provincial Emergency Operational Cell Contact No.

PDMA Punjab,        042-99203162,64

PDMA KP,              091-9213845

FDMA                     091-9216864 and 091-9218351

SDMA AJ&K           05822-921643

GBDMA                   05811-920874

   Islamabad 20 November, 2015

NDMA SENDS TEAM OF RESCUERS IN SOUTH ASIAN ANNUAL DISASTER MANAGEMENT EXERCISE

A ten member team of Disaster Managers headed by Brigadier (Retired) Sajid Naeem of NDMA and selected members of Urban Search and Rescue Teams of RESCUE 1122 Punjab & CDA will be leaving for New Delhi India to take part in a South Asian Annual Disaster Management Exercise planned from 23-26 November 2015. NDMA is coordinating the visit of the Team and it is pertinent to mention that the Urban Search and Rescue Team were raised, trained and equipped through concerted efforts of NDMA after Earthquake 2005.

The objectives of this Exercise are to provide an opportunity to the SAARC Countries to get a first and knowledge and practical experience of best practices, strengthen existing systems of regional cooperation and sequel to the SAADMEX-2015 firm up recommendations for strengthening regional response and coordination for disaster management in the Region. This Exercise is envisaged to become an annual Event in future and will be co-hosted by other SAARC Countries.

 

Islamabad the 18th November 2015

 Chairman NDMA Visits Gilgit-Baltistan to oversee earthquake relief and compensation activities

Chairman NDMA, Major General Asghar Nawaz undertook a two days visit to Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) from 17-18 November 2015, to oversee the relief activities and expedite the compensation process to genuine affectees of the 26th Oct, 2015 earthquake.

During his visit, the Chairman was given briefing by Director General, Gilgit-Baltistan Disaster Management Authority on the ongoing relief & rehabilitation efforts and measures being undertaken to ensure all possible assistance to the affectees. Chief Minister GB Hafiz Hafiz-ur-Rehman along with Chairman NDMA visited District Ghizer and distributed cheques and relief goods including blankets among the affected families of Tehsil Phunder.

The Chief Minister of Gilgit-Baltistan gave an overwhelming appreciation to NDMA for its prompt response and sustained support to Gilgit-Baltistan. While addressing the residents of the area, Major General Asghar Nawaz said that NDMA is closely monitoring the relief and compensation disbursement activities and is committed to provide all support to people in distress.

 

19th November 2015

UPDATE 19 NOVEMBER 2015

• An earthquake of 8.1 on Richter scale with epicenter in Hindu Kush struck on 26th October, 2015.

• As per Pakistan Meteorological Department about 120 aftershocks with magnitude of 2.2-5.3 Richter scale have been recorded.

• 5x helicopters are continuously providing relief assistance.

• So far 124 aerial sorties have been flown.

• 3 x relief camps and 27 relief distribution points established.

• As per NHA, all National Highways are opened for traffic.

• All health facilities are functional and providing emergency health assistance.

• Armed forces have provided 4x Medical teams to augment the existing resources.

• Verification process of the earthquake affectees is in progress.

• NDMA teams are present in Malakand Division to oversee relief operation.

. In case of any emergency or to register complain please contact NDMA UAN No. 111-157-157 and 051-9205037 Provincial Emergency Operational Cell Contact No. PDMA Punjab, 042-99203162,64 PDMA KP, 091-9213845 FDMA , 091-9216864 and 091-9218351 SDMA AJ&K , 05822-921643 GBDMA , 05811-920874

13th November 2015

Chairman NDMA Visit to Earthquake Affected Areas

This is with reference to media reports regarding false claims for compensation in earthquake affected areas.

Chairman NDMA, Major General Asghar Nawaz along with Provincial Disaster Management Authority Team visited earthquake affected areas of Districts Torghar, Dassu, Shangla and Swat respectively in Malakand Division.

During the visit Chairman NDMA was given detailed briefing by Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner of Torgarh, DC Kohistan, Commissioner Malakand Division and GOC/Brig Staff on the relief measures undertaken by the local / district administration in collaboration with all relevant stakeholders to address needs of the affectees.

Chairman NDMA was briefed about the overall relief measures taken including 44,642 tents, 63,721 blankets, 9,794 plastic mats, 1086.03 tons of food packs, 22,000 tarpaulins, bottled water 14 tons, 49 water filtration plants,12 generator sets and 27 tons of medicines.

While briefing on the updates regarding compensation verification process Chairman was informed that KP has provided compensation to 223 dead and 426 injured while to date Punjab has provided compensation to 5 dead, Gilgit Baltistan to 10 dead and 16 injured, FATA to 28 dead and 143 injured. Major General Asghar Nawaz reiterated that compensation claims should be duly verified so that relief is provided to genuine affectees.

In addition following relief measures have also been undertaken by NDMA :-

• 5 helicopters are continuously supporting provision of relief assistance

• So far 98 aerial sorties have been flown.

• 3 relief camps and 27 relief distribution points established.

• All National Highways are opened for traffic as per NHA.

• Armed forces have provided 4 Medical teams to augment the existing resources.

• Verification process of the earthquake affectees is in progress.

• NDMA teams are present in Malakand Division to oversee relief operation. NDMA is constantly monitoring the situation and continue to extend all possible assistance to Provinces and FATA to ensure well coordinated and prompt response.

12th November 2015

WARNING REGARDING FALSE CLAIMS FOR COMPENSATION IN EARTHQUAKE AFFECTED AREAS

This is with reference to media reports regarding false claims for compensation in earthquake affected areas.

NDMA, last week issued directions to all Disaster Management Authorities including Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, FATA, Gilgit Baltistan, Azad Jammu & Kashmir and the concerned Districted Administrations i.e. Commissioner Malakand Division and Commissioner Hazara Division to ensure that all compensation claims be verified and compensation should reach genuine affectees only.

It is to be noted that false reports / claims for compensation is a crime punishable by imprisonment of 2 years, a fine or both under the National Disaster Management Act of 2010, Chapter X, Para 34.

It is highlighted that compensation process is administered by respective Provincial Governments through the relevant District Administrations while NDMA is monitoring the disbursement process.

11th November 2015

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Pakistan considers Japan as an important partner in disaster relief efforts : Chairman NDMA

Islamabad 11 November 2015: “Pakistan considers Japan as an important partner in its disaster management efforts under holistic approach encompassing prevention, mitigation, preparedness besides relief and recovery from natural disasters, also relief help extended by Japan in times of crisis is held in high esteem”, Chairman NDMA Major General Asghar Nawaz said this while meeting the Vice President of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Mr. Hidetoshi IRIGAKI who called on the Chairman at Islamabad today.

While greatly acknowledging Japan’s continuous technical and financial support also manifested through formulation of 10 years National Disaster Management Plan Chairman NDMA identified important areas for future collaboration in particular, strengthening of Pakistan Metrological Department, risk assessment up to Union Council level through multi hazard vulnerability risk assessment, human resource capacity building, Disaster Management simulation exercises and awareness raising regarding climate change and its impacts. Chairman NDMA stated that Pakistan can learn a lot from Japan’s disaster management experience through knowledge sharing and exchange of experts. Highlighting the importance of advocacy and awareness, Chairman NDMA said that we consider the youth of Pakistan as a frontline force in mitigating the adverse impacts of Climate Change.

Vice President of JICA Mr. Hidetoshi IRIGAKI thanked NDMA for welcoming JICA delegation and offered condolences over the loss of precious human lives during the recent October 2015 earthquake. VP JICA said that importance of Pakistan is manifested by the fact that his first Country of visit after taking charge as VP of JICA is Pakistan. Mr. IRIGAKI assured that JICA will provide experts for human resource capacity building projects in the field of disaster management to buildup and strengthen the capacity of NIDM. He also expressed interest in contributing to the National Fund for Disaster Management which is being established under aegis of Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs Division.

Mr. IRIGAKI also presented a Certificate of Appreciation and award of recognition on behalf of JICA President to Mr. Ahmed Kamal Member DRR, NDMA in recognition of many years of cooperation with JICA, Japan in the field of disaster management. The selection to present this certificate was made by JICA through a global process involving its offices the world over.

9th November 2015

WEBSITE UPDATE 9 NOVEMBER 2015

• An earthquake of 8.1 on Richter scale with epicenter in Hindu Kush struck on 26th October, 2015.

• As per Pakistan Meteorological Department about 115 aftershocks with magnitude of 2.2-5.3 Richter scale have been recorded.

• 5x helicopters are continuously providing relief assistance.

• So far 94 aerial sorties have been flown.

• 3 x relief camps and 27 relief distribution points established.

• As per NHA, all National Highways are opened for traffic.

• All health facilities are functional and providing emergency health assistance.

• Armed forces have provided 4x Medical teams to augment the existing resources.

• Verification process of the earthquake affectees is in progress.

• NDMA teams are present in Malakand Division to oversee relief operation.

. In case of any emergency or to register complain please contact NDMA UAN No. 111-157-157 and 051-9205037 Provincial Emergency Operational Cell Contact No. PDMA Punjab, 042-99203162,64 PDMA KP, 091-9213845 FDMA , 091-9216864 and 091-9218351 SDMA AJ&K , 05822-921643 GBDMA , 05811-920874

. So far 43,625 tents, 54,564 blankets, 6,694 plastic mats, 918.5 tons of food packs, 22,000 tarpaulins, bottled water 14 tons, 49 water filter plants,117 generator sets and 27 tons of medicines have been sent as part of national relief efforts for the earthquake affectees.

5th November 2015

CHINA HANDS OVER RELIEF TO NDMA

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As a gesture of solidarity with the Pakistani brethern, the Peoples Republic of China has extended humanitarian relief assistance to the Government of Pakistan to express solidarity and to mitigate sufferings of the earthquake affectees, that struck northern parts of Pakistan on 26 October 2015, mostly affecting areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Federally Administered Tribal Areas and Gilgit Baltistan which according to preliminary figures received so far caused 277deaths and left 2026 injured.

The relief consignment mainly included tents, blankets and generators for the earthquake affected families.

On behalf of the Government of China Ambassador Sun Weidong handed over relief consignment to Minister of Information and Broadcasting, Senator Parvez Rasheed along with Chairman NDMA, Major General Asghar Nawaz at Benazir International Airport , Islamabad today.

The Chinese Ambassador expressed sorrow over the destruction and loss of lives caused by the earthquake. He also appreciated the Government of Pakistan for ensuring immediate response and provision of timely relief assistance to the earthquake affectees and reiterated the resolve of his government to stand by the people of Pakistan.

Senator Parvez Rasheed thanked the Chinese Ambassador for the support and response from the Chinese Government for the distressed affectees of earthquake. Talking to media he said that Pakistan and China have close and brotherly relations which are time tested and have always stood by each other in times of trial. We have shared our grief and joys. The Chinese people and the Government have once again demonstrated their compassion for the people of Pakistan and their commitment to stand alongside the Pakistani nation at a time when it was struck by a natural calamity.

Chairman NDMA also appreciated the gesture and thanked the Peoples Republic of China for the humanitarian assistance rendered in hour of need.

4th November 2015

NDMA RESPONSE TO EARTHQUAKE-2015

• An earthquake of 8.1 on Richter scale with epicenter in Hindu Kush struck on 26th October, 2015.

• As per Pakistan Meteorological Department about 95 aftershocks with magnitude of 2.2-5.3 Richter scale have been recorded.

• 5 x helicopters are continuously providing relief assistance.

• So far 94 aerial sorties have been flown.

• 3 x relief camps and 27 relief distribution points established.

• As per NHA, all National Highways are opened for traffic.

• All health facilities are functional and providing emergency health assistance.

• Armed forces have provided 4x Medical teams to augment the existing resources.

• Verification process of the earthquake affectees is in progress.

• NDMA teams are present in Malakand Division to oversee relief operation.

In case of any emergency or to register complain please contact NDMA UAN No. 111-157-157 and 051-9205037 Provincial Emergency Operational Cell Contact No. PDMA Punjab, 042-99203162,64 PDMA KP, 091-9213845 FDMA , 091-9216864 and 091-9218351 SDMA AJ&K, 05822-921643 GBDMA, 05811-920874

• So far 44,046 tents, 46,112 blankets, 6,494 plastic mats, 880.26 tons of food packs, 14,000 tarpaulins, bottled water 14 tons, 49 water filter plants, 116 generator sets and 27 tons of medicines have been sent as part of national relief efforts for the earthquake affectees.

KP has provided compensation for 206 dead and 261 injured while Punjab has provided compensation for 5 dead, GB has provided compensation for 10 dead and 16 injured. FATA has provided compensation to 22 dead and 25 injured.

3rd November 2015

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NDMA-UNICEF Sign Work Plan to Strengthen Gender and Child Cell

The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) signed a joint work plan here today to promote a child centered disaster risk reduction approach in Pakistan. Chairman NDMA, Major General Asghar Nawaz and the Acting Representative of UNICEF, Cris Munduate signed the document.

Over the past few years Pakistan has faced a number of challenges especially the recurrent disasters from natural hazards and human-induced crises. These disasters have devastating consequences on children and women. For women and children are the most vulnerable in the face of emergencies and have limited capacity in coping with disasters.

The NDMA through the development of the ‘National Policy Guidelines on Vulnerable Groups in Disasters’ and the ‘National Gender and Child Cell (GCC) Framework’ has taken up concrete steps to ensure that the voices of women and children are included in decision-making process and policy formulation at all levels of disaster management.

In line with the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Framework on Child-Centered Disaster Risk Reduction (CCDRR) which was endorsed by the member states in September of this year, the NDMA-UNICEF partnership aims to enhance NDMA’s capacity and delivery of services to minimise risks for children and ensure their well-being and protection in disaster preparedness, response and recovery. The work plan focuses on the following areas:

• Promotion of child-centered disaster risk reduction through child-inclusive risk assessment

• Implementation of a Comprehensive School Safety programme

• Encouraging children’s participation through advocacy and communication

• Knowledge management

The NDMA-UNICEF partnership is envisioned for a period of one year in its initial phase with a visualized extension in subsequent years. During the initial phase, UNICEF will support the development of the terms of reference for technical expertise required to assist the NDMA in implementing joint activities; drafting and provision of technical inputsfor training designs; content development and development of guidelines and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) to promote and support CCDRR especially in the 39 high risk districts in Pakistan.

2nd November 2015

Prime Minister along with Chairman NDMA Visit to Earthquake Affected Areas of Dir and Bajaur Agency

Islamabad 2 November 2015: Following the 26 October earthquake, NDMA in collaboration with all stakeholders, Pakistan Armed Forces and DMAs is ensuring all possible relief assistance to address the needs of the affectees of earthquake As per Pakistan Meteorological Department about 85 aftershocks with magnitude of 2.2-5.3 Richter scale have been recorded. Taking immediate notice of the situation the Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif along with Chairman NDMA visited different earthquake affected areas which include Shangla, Peshawar, Chitral, Dassu and Bajaur Agency. Chairman, NDMA Major General Asghar Nawaz along with his field team also visited earthquake areas of Malakand Division and Bajaur Agency from 29-30 October, 2015 to personally monitor on ground relief activities and compensation verification process. Prime Minister along with Chairman NDMA is also visited Dir and Bajaur Agency and distributed compensation cheques among the earthquake affectees.

In addition following measures have so far been undertaken to ensure prompt response and timely relief assistance for the earthquake affectees.

• 5 x helicopters, continue to provide relief assistance

• So far 94 aerial sorties have been flown.

• 3 x relief camps and 27 relief distribution points have been established.

• As per NHA, all National Highways are opened for traffic.

• No major structural damages to health facilities are reported and all health facilities are providing emergency health assistance to people in need.

• Armed forces have provided 4x Medical teams to augment the existing resources.

• Verification process of the earthquake affectees is in progress.

• NDMA teams have already been deployed in Malakand Division to assess the situation on ground and oversee relief operation.

• So far 36,772 tents, 42,828 blankets, 6,494 plastic mats, 779.48 tons of food packs, 14,000 tarpaulins, bottled water 14 tons, 49 water filter plants,116 generator sets and 27 tons of medicines have been sent as part of national relief efforts for the earthquake affectees

• KP has provided compensation for 166 dead and 87 injured while Punjab has provided compensation for 5 dead and 5 injured , GB has provided compensation for 14 dead and 6 injured. FATA has provided compensation to 7 dead and 5 injured.

• NDMA’s Help Line Number 111-157-157 and 051-9205037 is being manned for updates since the start of emergency.

• In case of any emergency or to register complain please contact NDMA UAN No. 111-157-157 and 051-9205037 Provincial Emergency Operational Cell Contact No. PDMA Punjab, 042-99203162,64 PDMA KP, 091-9213845 FDMA 091-9216864 and 091-9218351 SDMA AJ&K 05822-921643 GBDMA 05811-920874

1st November 2015

Press Release For 1 NOVEMBER 2015

• An earthquake of 8.1 on Richter scale with epicenter in Hindu Kush struck on 26th October, 2015.

• As per Pakistan Meteorological Department about 74 aftershocks with magnitude of 2.2-5.3 Richter scale have been recorded till 31 October 2015.

• 5 x helicopters, continue to provide relief assistance. • So far 83 sorties of helicopters,4 of Fokkers and 4 sorties of C-130 aircraft have been conducted.

• 3 x relief camps and 27 relief distribution points have been established.

• President and Prime Minister of Pakistan visited different earthquake affected areas which include Shangla, Peshawar, Chitral, Dassu and Bajaur Agency.

• Chairman, NDMA also visitedthe earthquake areas of Malakand Division and Bajaur Agency.

• As per NHA, all National Highways are opened for traffic.

• No major structural damages to health facilities are reported and all health facilities are providing emergency health assistance to people in need.

• Armed forces have provided 4x Medical teams to augment the existing resources.

• Verification process of the earthquake affectees is in progress.

• NDMA teams have already been deployed in Malakand Division to assess the situation on ground and oversee relief operation.

• So far NDMA has released 15550 blankets, 8750 tents 3500 plastic mats, 14000 tarpaulin shelter,11 tons of Food Packs and 14 tons of bottled water and 01 generator set for the earthquake affectees

• KP has provided compensation for 91 dead and 55 injured while Punjab has provided compensation for 5 dead and 5 injured , GB has provided compensation for 14 dead and 6 injured. FATA has provided compensation to 7 dead and 5 injured.

• NDMA’s Help Line Number 111-157-157 and 051-9205037 is being manned for updates since the start of emergency.

• In case of any emergency or to register complain please contactNDMA UAN No. 111-157-157 and 051-9205037 Provincial Emergency Operational Cell Contact No. PDMA Punjab, 042-99203162,64 PDMA KP, 091-9213845 FDMA 091-9216864 and 091-9218351 SDMA AJ&K 05822-921643 GBDMA 05811-920874

30th October 2015

NDMA RELIEF ASSISTANCE TO AFGHANISTAN KUNDUS CITY

Taking notice of the food shortage faced by the residents of Kunduz, Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has directed the Foreign Office to arrange for transportation of a plane-load of wheat stock to aid the acute food shortage being faced by the returning residents of Afghanistan’s insurgency-stricken province Kunduz.

In pursuance to the directives of the PM, National Disaster Management Authority(NDMA) with active support of Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) and Pakistan Air Force has dispatched humanitarian relief assistance comprising of 13 tons of Wheat flour via C-130 on 26 October today. The plane was also accompanied by NDMA officials and state media team.

The relief consignment was handed over to Afghan officials at Kabul airport.

This measure is being taken as a goodwill gesture on behalf of the people and the government for the returning residents of Kunduz facing severe food shortage after Taliban retreat.

The Government of Pakistan has reiterated the resolve to provide all possible assistance to help the bereaved families.

30th October 2015

NDMA RESPONSE TO EARTHQUAKE

Sequel to the earthquake of 26 October which occurred at 1409 hrs, a commendable rescue and relief operation has been conducted with a sizeable relief having sent to the affected areas.

In view of ongoing rescue and relief efforts in response to October 26, 2015 earthquake mostly affecting areas in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, FATA, Gilgit Baltistan, AJ&K and Punjab, NDMA has extended all possible assistance to all Provinces and FATA.

Chairman NDMA Major General Asghar Nawaz along with a field team visited Malakand Division on 29 October 2015 Bajaur Agency today to monitor relief activities and compensation verification process.

Following Measures have been taken by NDMA to ensure timely response:

• Satellite imageries from SUPARCO and aerial photography/survey from Pakistan Air Force received. Analysis indicate that no wide spread damages have occurred.

• All provinces have been advised to carry out verification of damages/losses in their respective areas which is to be completed by Sunday, 1st November, 2015.

• Payment of compensation to the affectees will commence from Monday, 2nd November and is required to be completed by Thursday, 5th November, 2015.

• NDMA requisitioned helicopter (with KPK Govt.) carried out missions and evacuated 55 persons, and also carried 5000 kg of relief items.

• As per NHA, all National Highways are opened for traffic.

• All telecommunication networks have been restored.

• For awareness purpose, NDMA is timely issuing precautionary SMS Alerts through PTA in the areas of Shangla, Upper Dir, Chitral and Bajaur Agency.

• In order to assess ground situation and ascertain relief efforts, PM along with Chairman NDMA, Chairman NHA and concerned Ministers visited Shangla on 27th October, 2015. Later on 28 October 2015 and has visited Chitral and Peshawar.

• NDMA team was deputed in Chitral to assess the situation on ground and oversee relief operation.

• National Emergency Operation Centre of NDMA remains activated since the onset of earthquake and is functioning 24/7.

• So far NDMA has released 15550 blankets, 8750 tents 3500 plastic mats, 14000 tarpaulin shelter, 11 tons of Food Packs and 14 tons of bottled water and 1 generator set for the earthquake affectees

• NDMA’s Help Line Number 111-157-157 and 051-9205037 is being manned for updates since the start of emergency.

• In case of any emergency or to register complain please contact NDMA UAN No. 111-157-157 and 051-9205037 Provincial Emergency Operational Cell Contact No. PDMA Punjab, 042-99203162,64 PDMA KP, 091-9213845 FDMA 091-9216864 and 091-9218351 SDMA AJ&K 05822-921643 GBDMA 05811-920874

• Latest state of losses/damages and relief provision is shown on NDMA website www.ndma.gov.pk

30th October 2015

NDMA RELIEF ASSISTANCE TO AFGHANISTAN KUNDUS CITY

Taking notice of the food shortage faced by the residents of Kunduz, Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has directed the Foreign Office to arrange for transportation of a plane-load of wheat stock to aid the acute food shortage being faced by the returning residents of Afghanistan’s insurgency-stricken province Kunduz.

In pursuance to the directives of the PM, National Disaster Management Authority(NDMA) with active support of Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) and Pakistan Air Force has dispatched humanitarian relief assistance comprising of 13 tons of Wheat flour via C-130 on 26 October today. The plane was also accompanied by NDMA officials and state media team.

The relief consignment was handed over to Afghan officials at Kabul airport.

This measure is being taken as a goodwill gesture on behalf of the people and the government for the returning residents of Kunduz facing severe food shortage after Taliban retreat.

The Government of Pakistan has reiterated the resolve to provide all possible assistance to help the bereaved families.

29th October 2015

NDMA RESPONSE TO EARTHQUAKE

Sequel to the earthquake of 26 October which occurred at 1409 hrs, a commendable rescue and relief operation has been conducted with a sizeable relief having sent to the affected areas.

In view of ongoing rescue and relief efforts in response to October 26, 2015 earthquake mostly affecting areas in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, FATA, Gilgit Baltistan, AJ&K and Punjab, NDMA has extended all possible assistance to all Provinces and FATA. While as per Pakistan Metrological Department over 62 aftershocks with magnitude ranging from 2.5 to 5.3 on Richter scale have been recorded so far. NDMA and all associated departments are mobilizing maximum possible assistance for the earthquake affectees.

Chairman NDMA Major General Asghar Nawaz along with a field team has also reached Malakand Division to monitor relief activities and compensation assessment process. He will be visiting Bajaur Agency on 30 October,2015.

Following Measures have been taken by NDMA to ensure timely response:

• Satellite imageries from SUPARCO and aerial photography/survey from Pakistan Air Force received. Analysis indicate that no wide spread damages have occurred.

• All provinces have been advised to carry out verification of damages/losses in their respective areas which is to be completed by Sunday, 1st November, 2015.

• Payment of compensation to the affectees will commence from Monday, 2nd November and is required to be completed by Thursday, 5th November, 2015.

• As per NHA, all National Highways are opened for traffic.

• All telecommunication networks have been restored.

• NDMA in collaboration with Pakistan Air Force has sent C-130 carrying 2550 blankets for earthquake affectees of Chitral.

• NDMA requisitioned helicopter (with KPK Govt.) carried out two missions yesterday and stranded tourists from Naran, Basil.

• For awareness purpose, NDMA through PTA also issued/precautionary SMS Alerts in the areas of Shangla, Upper Dir, Chitral and Bajaur Agency.

• In order to assess ground situation and ascertain relief efforts, PM along with Chairman NDMA, Chairman NHA and concerned Ministers visited Shangla on 27th October, 2015. Later on 28 October 2015 and has visited Chitral and Peshawar.

• NDMA team is already in Chitral to assess the situation on ground and oversee relief operation.

• National Emergency Operation Centre of NDMA remains activated since the onset of earthquake and is functioning 24/7.

• So far NDMA has released 15,500 blankets, 8,750 tents 3,500 plastic mats, 14000 tarpaulin shelter, 10 ton of Food Packs and 14 tons of bottled water for the earthquake affectees.

• NDMA’s Help Line Number 111-157-157 and 051-9205037 is being manned for updates since the start of emergency.

• In case of any emergency or to register complain please contact NDMA UAN No. 111-157-157 and 051-9205037 Provincial Emergency Operational Cell Contact No. PDMA Punjab, 042-99203162,64 PDMA KP, 091-9213845 FDMA 091-9216864 and 091-9218351 SDMA AJ&K 05822-921643 GBDMA 05811-920874

• Latest state of losses/damages and relief provision is shown on NDMA website www.ndma.gov.pk

28th October 2015

NDMA RESPONSE TO EARTHQUAKE

: In view of ongoing rescue and relief efforts in response to October 26,2015 earthquake mostly affecting areas in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, FATA, Gilgit Baltistan, AJ&K and Punjab, NDMA has extended all possible assistance to all Provinces and FATA. While over 41 aftershocks with magnitude ranging from 2.5 to 5.3 on Richter scale have been recorded so far. NDMA and all associated departments are mobilizing maximum possible rescue and relief efforts to save precious human lives, ensure minimum loss of assets etc.

In order to assess ground situation and ascertain relief efforts, PM along with Chairman NDMA, Chairman NHA and Ministers visited Shangla on 27th October, 2015 and has visited Chitral and Peshawar today.

NDMA in the presence of Mr. Neil Buhne (UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator designate for Pakistan) also held detailed briefing with Heads of UN Organizations from UNDP,UNOCHA, UNHABITAT, WFP, UNICEF, FAO,IOM today. The purpose of the meeting was to apprise NDMAs development partners about national response to earthquake and the ongoing relief efforts and measures being undertaken to ensure timely assistance to all affected areas.

Mr. Neil Buhne (UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator designate for Pakistan) expressed solidarity and deep concern with the Government and people of Pakistan. He appreciated efforts of Government and in particular, quick response from NDMA for enhancing national response capacity over the years. All UN organizations extended full support during ground assessments of damages/losses, long term recovery and rehabilitation. He assured that all possible assistance to NDMA if needed, would be extended in support of the earthquake affectees.

In addition, NDMA has also taken following measures:

• All provinces have been advised to carry out detailed survey in the respective earthquake affected areas.

• Aerial assessment/survey with the facilitation of Pakistan Air Force has been carried out and data is being analyzed.

• Satellite imageries of the affected areas are being accessed, obtained through SUPARCO..

• For awareness purpose, NDMA through PTA has issued/precautionary SMS Alerts in the areas of Shangla, Upper Dir, Chitral and Bajaur Agency.

• One Helicopter has been requisitioned and provided to KPK.

• All telecommunication networks have been restored.

• Work on removing landslides in the affected areas is in progress while KKH has been opened through the efforts of NHA and Army.

• NDMA in collaboration with Pakistan Armed Forces and all relevant departments are ready to cope with the situation.

• NDMA team is already in Chitral to assess the situation on ground.

• National Emergency Operation Centre of NDMA activated at the onset of earthquake is functioning 24/7.

• NDMA’s Help Line Number 111-157-157 and 051-9205037 is available for all updates since start of emergency.

• National Emergency Operation Centre of NDMA activated at the onset of earthquake is functioning 24/7.

• National Emergency Operation Centre of NDMA activated at the onset of earthquake is functioning 24/7.

27th October 2015

Chairman NDMA Accompanied PM to Earthquake Hit Areas

In view of ongoing rescue relief efforts in response to an earthquake that struck parts of Pakistan on 26 October 2015, affecting mostly areas of KP, FATA,GB and Punjab.

NDMA has extended all possible assistance to all Provinces and FATA.

In order to apprise Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif on the latest updates Chairman NDMA Major General Asghar Nawaz gave detailed briefing to Prime Minister PM House today. This briefing was attended by Chief of Army Staff, Minister For Information, Chairman NHA and DG ISPR. PM appreciated efforts of all agencies involved in disaster response. He also directed concerned departments to ensure all possible assistance needed in the affected areas.

In order to assess the ground situation Chairman NDMA also accompanied PM, to the earthquake affected areas in Shangla.

NDMA is mobilizing all possible relief and rescue efforts to save the lives of people in the affected areas.

In this regard NDMA has requested and further provided a helicopter to PDMA Khyber Pakhtunkwa for rescue/relief operations. The helicopter has reached KP and has started with rescue operation. So far NDMA has released 2500 blankets, 3250 tents and 3000 floor mats to KP.

In addition following measures have also been undertaken by NDMA

• Pakistan Airforce has been requested to carryout aerial photography/survey to analyze the extent of infrastructure damages.

• SUPARCO has been asked to provide satellite imageries to analyse the extent of damages. same will be

• For awareness purpose, NDMA through PTA has issued SMS Alerts in the areas of Shangla, Upper Dir,Chitral and Bajaur Agency.

• All related agencies are on board. Urban Search and Rescue Teams (USAR teams) and other emergency services have also been put on high alert.

• NDMA is gathering information from all possible sources. All DMAs have been requested to share information on damages/losses for quickest mobilization for possible rescue/relief assistance. All hospitals have been put on high alert.

• NDMA in collaboration with Pakistan Armed Forces and all relevant departments are ready to cope with the situation.

• NDMA team has also been sent to the earthquake affected area of Chitral to assess damages in the areas.

• National Emergency Operation Centre of NDMA has been activated and is functioning 24/7. NDMA help line number 111-157-157 and 9205037 have also been activated to record the updates.

26th October 2015

NDMA RESPONSE TO EARTHQUAKE IN NORTHERN PARTS OF PAKISTAN

An earthquake of 7.7 on Richter scale with epicenter in Hindu Kush struck major parts of Pakistan today.

Taking immediate notice of the situation NDMA has extended all possible assistance to all DMAs including Provincial and State Disaster Management Authorities FDMA and GBDMA. National Emergency Operation Centre of NDMA has also been activated to monitor the situation 24/7. Pakistan Airforce has been requested to carryout aerial photography/survey to analyze the extent of infrastructure damages. SUPARCO has been asked to provide satellite imageries to analyse the extent of damages.

PTA has also been requested to restore the communication networks so that immediate information is sought from the concerned departments. NDMA teams have also been sent to the northern earthquake affected areas of Chitral, Peshawar/Kohat and Kallar Kahar (Punjab areas)to assess damages in the areas. NDMA help line number 111-157-157 and 9205037 have also been activated to record the updates.

All related agencies are on board in addition NDMA USAR teams and all other emergency services have also been put on high alert. Army has started search and rescue operations.

NDMA is gathering information from all possible sources. All P/S/F DMAs have been requested to share information on damages/losses for quickest mobilization for possible rescue/relief assistance. All hospitals have been put on high alert. NDMA in collaboration with Pakistan Army, Pakistan Airforce and all relevant departments are ready to cope with the situation.

NDMA is mobilising all possible relief and rescue efforts to save lives of our people in anticipation and to possible affected and northern areas.

NDMA requests people of Pakistan to stay alert, share information for early initiation of rescue and relief activities in affected areas.

NDMA has also issued advisories to all concerned authorities to exercise caution in next 24 hours in view of expected aftershocks.

25th October 2015

NDMA Takes Measures to Address Heavy Snow in Kaghan-Naran & Northern Areas

In view of heavy snow and blocked roads in Naran-Kaghan areas, National Disaster Management Authority in collaboration with Provincial Disaster Management Authority Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Pakistan Army is closely monitoring the situation to take timely measures.

NDMA is also making arrangements for provision of helicopters to evacuate the stranded people. However, due to hostile weather situation the activity will take place in day light.

NDMA has also requested National Highway Authority for immediate mobilization of heavy machinery to the affected areas to clear the block roads.

22th October 2015

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NDMA HAS DEVELOPED INTO A WORLD CLASS INSTITUTION: UN

As part of the organisation’s efforts, Director Operations, UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) John Ging visited Pakistan and Afghanistan from 2-7 October 2015.

During his visit to Pakistan Mr. John Ging along with Mr. Neil Buhne (UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator designate for Pakistan) and his team also paid visit to National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) at PM Office on 6 October 2015.

It was a very rewarding discourse of both sides in which Chairman NDMA, Major General Asghar Nawaz highlighted the complete perspective of disaster management system in Pakistan, future vision and priorities.

The meeting ended on a very positive note pertinent to which Mr. John Ging on his follow up press conference in New York gave overwhelming appreciation to NDMA Pakistan “as a world class institution over the last decade, incorporating international best practice.”

The same news appeared on International Express Tribune with the International New York Times, the self explanatory statement is enclosed.

On his return during a press conference in New York, The UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) lauded efforts of Pakistan’s National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), saying that “The country also disproportionately suffers the impacts of climate change, with 1.6 million people affected by floods this year.” Mr. Ging noted that Pakistan’s National Disaster Management. Agency has developed into a world class institution over the last decade, incorporating international best practice.”

Mr. John Ging called for renewed international commitment to address urgent humanitarian needs and shore up regional peace and stability in Afghanistan and Pakistan, noting that the two countries were on very different humanitarian trajectories.

Mr. Ging also visited Peshawar in northern Pakistan, where 600,000 people displaced by fighting since 2008 have returned to their villages this year. The Government of Pakistan has shown strong leadership in this operation, giving more than $286 million in food and cash to support families returning to areas devastated by conflict. Reflecting on the international responsibility to support Pakistan, John Ging said, “We must acknowledge that Pakistan generously hosts more than 1.5 million refugees – the second largest refugee population of any country on earth.

“In a world where so many crises are on a negative trajectory, Pakistan offers an all too rare example of positive progress,” said Mr. Ging. “Supporting the Government to help people rebuild their lives in areas where fighting has ended is critical to building a stable and prosperous future for the country.”

It is because of NDMA enhanced role in the disaster management that the authority has won the attraction of the prestigious world body, the United Nations and its office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). Today, we stand reassured and strengthened after the previous experiences of natural catastrophes of flood, earthquake and landslides to meet any untoward situation.

19th October 2015

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Conference on National Disaster Management Plan-Implementation Road Map 2016-2030

National Disaster Management Authority presented National Disaster Management Plan (NDMP) Implementation Road Map 2016-2030 in a Conference with all relevant federal, provincial stakeholders besides UN & development partners at Prime Minister’s Office today.

The objective of the conference was to unveil the future plan for Implementation of NDMP focusing on Multi Hazard Vulnerability Risk Assessments (MHVRA), Community Based Disaster Risk Management (CBDRM), Capacity Building interventions including Emergency Responses Exercises for Government officials and Volunteers, and Public awareness. NDMA also shared in detail Standard Guidelines for execution of above mentioned interventions with view to maintain uniformity in execution and quality assurances at levels of governance.

NDMP a comprehensive disaster management plan, formulated in collaboration with JICA in 2013 based on macro level risk assessment of entire country encompassing extensive consultative process with all stakeholders upto the third tier of governance. The Plan covers entire spectrum of disasters and aims at mitigating human and economic losses caused by frequent natural disasters in Pakistan.

As per monitoring mechanism defined in NDMP, it is the responsibility of NDMA to review, monitor and evaluate projects carried out under the umbrella of the plan with participation of stakeholders.

A substantial investment has been made on non structural interventions by all the stakeholders, in the past with due focus on DRR/ DRM. In this regard the conference undertook comprehensive review of all past interventions and analyzed macro level risk matrix defined in NDMP viz a viz all disasters in last one decade faced by Pakistan.

Based on above study a detailed implementation road map and way forward was presented to the conference participants formulated by NDMA in order to ensure that execution/implementation of interventions by all stakeholders are well in conformity to NDMP.

The Road Map is envisaged to be implemented in a phased manner during 2016-2030 time frame. In Phase I, 39 most Vulnerable districts will be covered in a time span of three years (2016-2018), 55 highly Vulnerable districts will be covered in Phase II (2019-2022) while the remaining 63 districts including Agencies of FATA shall be covered in the final phase Phase-III (2023-2030) respectively

The Plan was well received by all stakeholders during the Conference. Keen interest was shown during the discussion where the participants asked very practical and pertinent questions from NDMA Team led by the Chairman NDMA

This Road Map will pave the way for synchronized implementation of effective disaster management regime on ground based on well in accordance with overall spirit of required and global frameworks to ultimately put the country on road to resilience for disaster management.

Chairman NDMA, Major General Asghar Nawaz H(IM) thanked all participants for their enduring support in the field of disaster management and hoped that integrated efforts will help to achieve targets to regulate and follow a coherent policy towards implementation of NDMP. He especially thanked all the development partners, including the UN for their unflinching support that has brought our National System to a point of standing.

15th October 2015

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NDMA Signs MoU with Pakistan Engineering Council Regarding Development of Building Code of Pakistan – Fire Safety Provisions

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between National Disaster Management Authority and Pakistan Engineering Council at NDMA office today for the formulation of first ever Fire Safety Provisions (BCP-FSP-Code).

The MoU was signed by Chairman NDMA Major General Asghar Nawaz and new Chairman PEC, Engineer Jawed Salim Qureshi in presence of senior NDMA & PEC officials. The codes will be formulated on fast track basis in eight months and funded through National Disaster Management Fund (NDMF).

The MoU allows PEC to work on development of Fire & Safety Codes in consultation with all relevant National & Provincial experts and stakeholders and shall prepare final draft by May 2016 for approval / vetting by Law Division. The end state desired by NDMA is a strict enforcement of these codes, violation of which should be a criminal offence.

Chairman PEC also thanked NDMA for taking this initiative which is a step towards building resilient capacities for disaster management.

As per known statistics in last five years total 69447 fire incidents of building/industrial fires cost 598 human lives besides huge economic loss worth Rs. 45269.1million. This initiative of NDMA is foreseen as a major step to alleviate the concerns with respect to loss of lives as a result of fire incidents.

8th October 2015

NDMA OBSERVED NATIONAL DISASTER AWARENESS DAY

Government of Pakistan notified 8 October as National Disaster Awareness Day to grant rightful importance. This was done on the recommendation of NDMA and considered as a reflection of Government’s resolve towards a Disaster Resilient Pakistan.

In this regard, National Disaster Management Authority is commemorating the National Disaster Awareness Day on 8 October 2015 in collaboration with all Provincial/Regional Disaster Management Authorities across the Country.

The morning of 8 October started with the visit of Chairman NDMA to Muzzafarabad for a ceremony organised by Government of AJ&K, commemorating 8 October.

The objective of observing this Day is to create awareness amongst the masses for better preparedness against disasters. The Day is also dedicated to the fond memories of those families, parents and children who fell victim to natural/manmade catastrophe.

Commemorating this Day, NDMA organised a flag march of emergency response units of CDA’s Search and Rescue Teams today. An informal and somber Candle Vigil Ceremony was also held at Fatima Jinnah F-9 Park Islamabad where one minute silence was observed in memory of the victims of past disasters.

The Spokesperson to Prime Minister, Mr. Masadik Malik graced the Event as a Chief Guest. The event was attended by Chairman NDMA along with NDMA officials, representatives from the UN community & diplomats, Senior Government Officials, general public, school children and Girls Guides/Boys Scouts.

On the occasion Mr. Pervaiz Rashid appreciated NDMA for organizing the event and expressed deep condolence with the bereaved families of the disaster victims and also urged that for a resilient and safer Pakistan better awareness amongst the masses is of paramount importance.

The Ceremony concluded with prayers for the departed souls of disaster victims and safety of Pakistan.

8th September 2015

NDMA Organised Fourth Regional Technical Group Meeting Disaster Management CBM HOA,

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Pakistan, as a co-lead with Kazakhstan hosted the 4th Regional Technical Group Meeting on Disaster Management Confidence Building Measures under Heart of Asia (HOA), Istanbul process, at Serena Hotel, Islamabad today. The Meeting was organised by NDMA in collaboration with UNDP, Pakistan.

Mr. Sartaj Aziz, Advisor to PM on National Security and Foreign Affairs graced the Inaugural Session occasion as a Chief Guest. The participants of the Meeting included technical focal persons from “Heart of Asia” participating states i.e., Afghanistan, China, India, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan and Turkey. Representatives from supporting countries including Sweden, Denmark, France, Japan, Norway, UK and the USA besides delegates from International and Regional organizations including United Nations, The World Bank, EU, UNESCAP, ADB, ADPC also attended the Meeting.

The Istanbul Conference for Afghanistan on the subject of “Security and Cooperation in the Heart of Asia”, held on 2nd November, 2011 adopted a Declaration (also called the Istanbul Process Document) and enlisted 43 Confidence Building Measures (CBMs) for implementation by Heart of Asia Countries. Subsequently, the Heart of Asia Ministerial Conference at Kabul on 14th June 2012 short listed seven CBMs for implementation including CBM on Disaster Management. Pakistan and Kazakhstan are the co-lead for disaster management CBMs.

Pakistan has actively pursued the process of CBMs. It includes formulation of Draft Implementation Plan, Activity Plan for DM-CBM, organisation of Ist & 3rd , RTG meetings in Pakistan (September 2012, May 2014), high level visit of Afghan NDMA Delegation during January 2014, International Conference on Regional Hazard & Risk Picture in May 2014, organization of training program with the support of Japanese Government on disaster risk management for 24 Afghan officials, in February 2015 at National Institute of Disaster Management and initiation of work on draft MOU with Afghanistan on Disaster Management.

Chairman NDMA, Major General Asghar Nawaz welcomed the participants and reiterated Pakistan’s commitment to carry forward the CBM process in a proactive manner.

Chief Guest, Mr. Sartaj Aziz commended NDMA for its efforts and appreciated the participants for the progress made under the HOA, Istanbul process. He opined that DM-CBM under HoA will further facilitate the member countries to strengthen their disaster management system as well as to share and learn from each other’s experiences in the disaster management for a meaningful response against effects of Global Climate Change.

The Meeting included presentations on Review of HoA, DM-CBM process by Mr Ahmed Kamal, Member (DRR), NDMA, ‘Impact of Climate Change on HoA Region’, by Dr Muhammad Hanif, Director Pakistan Meteorological Department, ‘Regional Hazard & Risk Picture of HoA Countries’ by Mr. Marc Andre’ Franche, Country Director, UNDP Pakistan and ‘HoA Regional Road Map for DRR/DRM’ by Mr. Shane Wright, Executive Director, Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC), Bangkok, Thailand.

The Fourth Regional Technical Group Meeting (RTG-4) was organised today with the main purpose to underscore the need of developing a regional, long term, step by step approach for disaster risk management and to provide a platform to all member countries to make deliberations and approve Road Map for HOA DM-CBM to strive for measures to prevent and manage the effects of natural disasters for further successful trans-border cooperation. The Meeting reviewed the progress achieved so far under Disaster Management – CBMs and Road Map for HoA. Based on the consolidated inputs from all HoA countries the Road Map of HoA (DM-CBM) was finalized setting the DRR Priorities for next 12 months.

Pakistan’s lead role in pursuance of 4th RTG Meeting was very well received by all stakeholders. The recommendations of the Meeting will provide a very useful input for the Ministerial Conference of HOA member countries scheduled to be held in Pakistan in December this Year.

24th August 2015

NDMA Provides Tents for Displaced Effected Population by Indian Army Firing

Islamabad :

NDMA has released 200 tents and 200 blankets out of its reserve stocks to State Disaster Management Authority (SDMA ) AJK to meet the emergent demand of lodging the 120 affected families of Nakyal and Goi sector who have been displaced due to the unprovoked and continuous firing of Indian Army at LOC.

The relief camp for displaced families will be established at Kotli district by SDMA AJK

18th August 2015

NDMA Requisitioned Helis Evacuated 725 persons in Chitral

Islamabad :

Following the flash floods in Chitral, the Government of KPK and NDMA with active and forthcoming support of Pakistan Army are carrying relief activities in the area.

On the request of Govt. of KPK, NDMA requisitioned two helicopters from Anti Narcotics Force to carryout relief activities in far flung and isolated areas of Chitral.

These helicopters have carried out commendable relief operations in Chitral. Till to date they have flown 59 sorties and transported 45000 kg of food items and evacuated 725 persons from various locations. These helicopters continue with their operation to alleviate the sufferings of the affectees.

10th – 12th August 2015

Three Days Training Course on “DRM for School” teachers in Islamabad

Islamabad :

Large number of schools and training institutions were destroyed and damaged after Pakistan’s 2005 earthquake, leaving thousands dead and injured. The floods of 2010 also destroyed over 10,000 schools, causing damages worth Rs. 26,464 million. Most of the school buildings and educational institutions do not comply with the hazard resistance designs, construction and have no preparedness and response plans, which are the major causes of loss and damages in wake of disaster. In this context, National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) is making an endeavor to build the capacity of school teachers and management through series of training courses planned by National Institute of Disaster Management (NIDM).

In order to educate the Punjab Education Foundation (PEF) officials and school teachers, NIDM organized a three days training course on “DRM for School” from 10th to 12th August, 2015 at Islamabad. The objective of training course was to acquaint the participants with basic understanding of disaster risk management and formulation of school safety and evacuation plan to minimize the losses in case of any disaster. The training course was attended by 31 individuals, representing different schools and PEF’s management.

The training module consisted of lectures, group exercises, interactive discussion and practical work. The training concluded with the certificates to the participants on the final day of the training course.


5th August 2015

Chairman NDMA along with DG FWO visits Chitral

Islamabad :

Flash floods wreck road network in district Chitral as big portions of all major roads to and from Chitral have been swept away. Besides provision of relief assistance the activities in district Chitral have been expedited with special focus on rebuilding and repair of damaged roads, bridges, irrigation channels and water supply schemes.

The continued GLOF events and monsoon rains have badly affected road conditions in district Chitral. Road closures have affected the Mastuj subdivision, Garam Chashma and the Kalash Valley which is causing problem in smooth transportation as well as provision of relief assistance for the general public.

On the directions of the Prime Minister and in coordination with Army, services of Frontier Works Organisation (FWO) were immediately provided to Khyber Pakhtunkwa Government to ensure speedy and immediate repairs of road infrastructure. FWO immediately started work in support of provincial C&W department and moved its heavy machinery in the affected areas to facilitate opening of closed road links for quickest possible relief movement.

In order to oversee the efforts to reopen and maintain road communication network in Chitral, Chairman NDMA Major General Asghar Nawaz along with DG FWO visited Chitral today. The officials undertook detailed aerial reconnaissance of the areas where repair & restoration work is under progress and examined the pace of repair activity.

Chairman NDMA has also requested National Highway Authority (NHA) to hand over Bailey bridges to FWO for utilization at various sites in district Chitral. NDMA is collaborating with all relevant departments to ensure restoration of routine life.

4th August2015

NDMA Requisitioned Helis to Supplement Relief efforts in Chitral

Islamabad :

In response to ongoing emergency situation in district Chitral, Khyber Pakhtunkwa (KP) owing to continued GLOF events and monsoon rains causing damages to public & private infrastructure and property besides loss of precious human lives. NDMA is extending all possible assistance to ensure provision of relief included shelters and ration for the flood affectees.

In order to speed up and supplement relief efforts in district Chitral, NDMA on request of PDMA KP has requisitioned two Helicopters from a Government Agency.

These Helicopters will be directed for relief operation through NDMA to reach out to far flung and inaccessible areas where difficulties are being faced in delivering relief assistance due to road conditions and landslides. These Helis will continue with the relief operations till the situation improves.

2nd &3rd August2015

Chairman NDMA Visit to Sukkur Barrage

Islamabad :

In wake of recent flood situation River Indus at Chashma is High while at Guddu and Sukkur Barrages it is at very High flood level. This situation is expected to continue during next seven days. In order to assess the situation on ground, Chairman NDMA, Major General Asghar Nawaz visited Sukkur today to assess and oversee the measures undertaken by the local administration to offset the probable affect of floods.

In this regard a high level meeting was also held with Chief Minister Sindh which was attended by Chief Secretary Sindh, Senior Member Board of Revenue, Chairman NDMA and DG PDMA Sindh. The meeting reviewed current flood situation, state of river flows and measures undertaken to ensure timely relief assistance in case of any unlikely situation. CM Sindh expressed satisfaction over the preparatory measures being undertaken by all relevant departments to ensure safety of life and property.

In view of high flood peaks moving downstream to River Indus, Chairman NDMA also undertook visit to Sukkur Barrage to monitor very high flood levels at Guddu & Sukkur Barrages. Present on the occasion Chief Engineer Sukkur briefed Chairman NDMA about the maintenance of river inflows & outflows and its management accordingly, vulnerable points to current flood situation and measures undertaken to cope with any unlikely circumstances. During the briefing, Commissioner Sukkur also briefed about the population affected, camp management for the affected population and ongoing flood relief activities. The briefing was followed by media interaction at Sukkur Barrage where Chairman NDMA briefed them on the necessary steps regarding rescue & relief operation and coordination mechanism in place with all relevant DMAs and departments to ensure safety of life and property. He also assured that all possible assistance will be given to the PDMA. The briefing was also attended by DG PDMA Sindh, Incharge Camp Office, Chief Engineer Sukkur & Chief Engineer Guddu Barrages, officials from Sindh Irrigation Department along with representatives of local civil and military officials. The visit was followed by aerial reconnaissance of vulnerable points at Larkana, Khairpur, Kashmore and NowsheroFeroze on 3 August 2015.

In order to assess the current prevailing situation Prime Minister, Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif is also visiting Sukkur tomorrow to personally monitor and oversee the ongoing rescue & relief activities. The PM will be briefed by Chairman NDMA and PDMAs about the latest activities in this regard.

1st August2015

NDMA Attends Cabinet Committee Meeting on Flood Situation at PDMA Punjab and Meeting With Chief Secretary Punjab

Lahore :

According to latest Meteorological & Hydrological conditions observed by Flood Forecasting Division Lahore, River Indus at GUDDU is likely experience very High flood discharge ranging between 720,000 cusecs to 790,000 cusecs during the next 24 hours whereas at SUKKUR is also likely to attain High to very High flood discharge ranging between 600,000 cusecs to 720,000 cusecs during the same period. High flood level will remain continue further during the following seven days.

In view of the prevailing flood situation evacuations from the vulnerable areas is continuing through the provincial and district administration and with the support of Pakistan Army and Navy to avoid any loss of life. NDMA with the assistance of PTA is constantly issuing SMS alerts at the community level for them to take preventive and life saving measures. NDMA teams have already been deployed in flood hit areas of Punjab and Sindh to monitor the latest flood situation, to undertake initial ground assessment and further coordination with NDMA Head Office. NDMA is also coordinating rescue & relief activities with all DMAs and is in constant contact with all relevant departments for maximum response and relief. Besides NDMA in coordination with NHA is making efforts towards restoration of road links in Chitral damaged as a result of repeated GLOF and rain events. Contractors all along vulnerable points have been mobilized with machinery to cater for the on-going emergency.

In order to review latest flood situation and on-going response and relief measures across Punjab a high level Cabinet Committee meeting chaired by the Provincial Minister for Home & Chairman Cabinet Committee on Flood Col. R. Shuja Khanzada, was held at Lahore today. The meeting was attended by Chairman NDMA Major General Asghar Nawaz, DG PDMA Punjab and reps of provincial line departments. The meeting discussed prevailing flood situation, need of additional measures to further raise the level of preparedness to meet emergent situation besides relief efforts presently being undertaken. PDMA Punjab has also initiated helpline service 1129, a life saving rescue operation, that is efficiently responding to all evacuation requests from the people to rescue them from the vulnerable areas. The Minister appreciated NDMA for mounting round-the-clock response side-by-side the PDMA and continued coordination with all relevant department and concerned authorities all over the province.

Further Chairman NDMA along with DG PDMA Punjab also attended meeting with Chief Secretary Punjab on the current flood situation. Chairman NDMA apprised Chief Secretary Punjab of ongoing rescue & relief activities, coordination with all relevant disaster management authorities & departments and measures being undertaken to cope with any emergent situation. The Chief Secretary appreciated the selfless efforts being made and desired continued and more consolidated response in wake of further developing situation on ground.

31st July 2015

NDMA TEAMS DEPLOYED IN FLOOD AFFECTED AREAS

Islamabad :

Another high flood discharge peak is currently being experienced at Taunsa Barrage on River Indus. The same is now heading towards Guddu and Sukkur Barrages, already experiencing high flood levels.

In wake of the current flood situation, NDMA has already deployed teams in the flood affected areas of Chitral since 27 July. In order to monitor the flood situation in the Central and Southern portion of the country and to effectively coordinate relief efforts jointly with the Provincial and Military Authorities, NDMA’s teams have also been deployed in vulnerable and flood hit areas of Southern Punjab, Sindh besides in Gilgit Baltistan for assessment of on ground emergency situation.

The teams will move along Guddu-Sukkur and Sukkur-Kotri reach of River Indus to monitor the ongoing relief efforts including coordination with local civil administration and authorities concerned for better and more enhanced response and relief management. These teams will be regularly sharing relevant field data with NDMA Head Office for necessary strategic guidance and additional support, if needed. NEOC at NDMA is constantly monitoring the situation including the weather updates and river flows in close coordination and on round the clock basis with Pakistan Metrological Department (PMD), Federal Flood Commission (FFC) and Pak Commission for Indus Waters (PCIW). In this regard NDMA has been regularly issuing advisories to all concerned in collaboration with PMD to take precautionary measures to avoid any loss. NDMA is also maintaining active liaison with relevant federal and provincial agencies to supplement their efforts for effective flood management.

The entire situation including the weather updates and river flows is being closely monitored, round the clock. Since the onset of Monsoon Season 2015, NDMA in collaboration with relevant PDMAs has been issuing SMS Alerts to identified areas through respective provinces based on weather outlook and river flow situation received through PMD. Close coordination is also being kept with PDMAs Punjab, Sindh including Gilgit Baltistan disaster management authority. So Far, SMS Alerts have been issued to approximately 27 million people in Punjab, Sindh and AJ&K with the assistance of PTA and cellular companies.

Under relief assistance so far, NDMA has transported 15 Tons of Ration, one ton of mineral water bottles, hundred thousand aqua tabs (Water Purification Tablets) through two C130 aircrafts of PAF. Besides that NDMA has transported 2800 Tents to GB and 2,000 Tents to AJ& K along with 24 tons of ration for Chitral, KP and GB as well as 1500 tarpaulin shelters and 2000 blankets to AJ&K for further distribution among affectees as and when needed.

29th July 2015

NDMA Regularly Issuing SMS Alerts for Community Awareness

Islamabad :

NDMA in collaboration with Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA) and all Cellular Mobile Operators (CMOs) has launched initiative to facilitate Early Warning System that would utilize GSM Cellular technology for dissemination of early warnings by ensuring institutionalization of a message alert system for the community awareness, public service messaging and early warnings in the disaster hit/prone areas for swift communication and timely preemptive measures in case of any any disaster like situation.

Since the onset of Monsoon Season 2015 NDMA in collaboration with relevant PDMAs has been issuing SMS Alerts to identified areas by respective provinces based on weather outlook and river flow situation received through PMD.

So Far, SMS Alerts have been issued to almost 25 million people in Punjab, Sindh and AJ&K with the assistance of PTA and cellular companies.

29th July 2015

NDMA’S EFFORTS IN ONGOING MONSOON FLOOD ACTIVITIES

Islamabad :

1. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (Chitral)

a. NDMA transported 15 Tons of Ration, one ton of mineral water bottles, hundred thousand aqua tab (Water Purification Tablets) through two C130 aircrafts of PAF.

b. 80 stranded persons / touristswere also evacuated by NDMA with the help ofPAF.

c. Bridge on Dir Chitral Road N45, kept open with the assistance of NHA from the first day.

d. MD, Utility Stores Corporation was assisted in his move toChitral on specific direction of Prime Minister and also for further coordination with Army authorities.

(1) 5 Mobile Utility Stores outlets have been established for affectees (with avg sale of 1 lac to 1.50 tons daily).

(2) 40 Permanent Utility Stores have been established.

(3) 20 tons of Commodities have been transported to Mastong, Bhoni from Gilgit.

e. On directions of Prime Minister, in coordination with Army, services of FWO have been provided to KP Government for speedy repair of road infrastructure. f. NDMA has facilitated and coordinated visit of state media to Chitral to cover the relief efforts being undertaken. g. NDMA in coordination with Pakistan Army is assisting Radio Pakistan in installation of Radio towers in Chitral.

2. Gilgit Baltistan. 2800 Tents alongwith 1000 food packs (9 kg each)of NDMA have been transported to Gilgit Baltistan and have placedat the disposal of Deputy Commissioners.

3. AJ&K. NDMA has provided 2000 tents, 2000 blankets and 1500 tarpaulin shelters to AJ&K.

4. Remaining Country

a. NDMA is in close contact with all PDMAs.

b. Monitoring the situation proactively.

c. NDMA’s emergency stocks at Rawalpindi, Pirpai (Peshawar), Lahore, Muzafargarh, Karachi, Hyderabad, Kashmor and Quetta are placed on emergency alert to be released on short notice to any PDMA.

d. SMS alerts regarding heavy rain warning through coordination with PTA and Cellular Companies sent to overapprox25million people in Sindh, Punjab, and AJ&K.

e. National Health Emergency Preparedness Network (NHEPRN) has been directed to augment its medical response capacities in the affected areas.

f. NDMA is sharing simulated imageries with Provinces for early warning.

g. NDMA is keeping Media updated through regular press releases, interviews and press conferences.

28th July 2015

Signing Ceremony of the Letter of Agreement between National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) and United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women)To Strengthen Gender and Child Cells

Islamabad :

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Pakistan continues to be confronted by a series of regional and localized challenges of different natures compounded by recurrent natural disasters (such as floods, earthquakes and droughts, cyclones and landslides etc.). These disasters have devastating consequences, including also widening of the ‘gender’ gaps between women and men.

Women and other vulnerable groups often have fewer resources to protect themselves and, with children, they frequently make up the majority of displaced persons. Women are better placed and envisaged to be responsive in these situations. However, their exclusion limits their access to opportunities to recover and rebuild communities. NDMA through the development of the “National Policy Guidelines on Vulnerable Groups in Disasters” and the “National GCC Framework” has taken up concrete steps to ensure that the voices of women and children, and other vulnerable persons are included in decision-making processes and policy formulation at all levels of disaster management.

Signing Ceremony of the Letter of Agreement between National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) and United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) took place in NDMA on 27 July, 2105. Maj. Gen. Asghar Nawaz Chairman NDMA and Mr. Jamshed Kazi, Country Representative, UN Women signed the LOA.

Through this LOA joint initiatives of GCC- NDMA and UN Women will focus on NDMP aligned:

i. Institutional strengthening of GCC to devise its implementation strategy from the main planning and policy documents of NDMA;

ii. Strengthening Pakistan’s “multi-hazard approach” for the prevention and response to natural and human made disasters from a gender perspective;

iii. Ensuring initiatives are responsive to local conditions and requirements and focus on disaster preparedness, disaster management and response; and

iv. Establishing a database to understand the gender dynamics (and impact) in disaster-struck communities for effective disaster preparedness, planning, response and management

26thJuly 2015

NDMA Efforts in Ongoing Monsoon Flood Activities

Islamabad :

1. Chitral
a. 10 Mobile Utility Stores outlets established for affectees which have been distributing commodities among the affected population.
b. FWO has already started work in support of C&W department and has moved it’s heavy machinery in the area.
c. On directions of Prime Minister, in coordination with Army, services of FWO have been provided to KP Government for speedy repair of road infrastructure.

2. Gilgit Baltistan

a. Out of 2800 NDMA Tents placed with district administration, 243 tents have been so far distributed among the affectees.

b. NDMA tents have already been transported in different districts of GB.

c. NDMA is dispatching additional 300 tents to build necessary stocks of Gilgit Baltistan.

d. 1000 food packs being made available for affected population through Utility outlets with the assistance of PDMA Gilgit Baltistan.

3. Remaining Country

a. NDMA issued alert advisories to all agencies and PDMAs about possible high flood conditions in River Indus and heavy rains in different parts of the Country based on the weekly alerts of FFD.

b. NDMA rescue boats provided to PDMA Sindh and PDMA Punjab during last flood season have been made available in the present Situation.

c. Based on request of PDMA Sindh, PDMA Punjab and SDMA AJK SMS Alerts for heavy rain have been issued through PTA.

25th July 2015

NDMA Efforts in Ongoing Monsoon Flood Activities

1. Chitral

a. 15 Ton Ration
b. One Ton Mineral Water bottles
c. One Million Aqua tab (Water Purification Tablets)
d. Transported on two C130 aircrafts of PAF.
e. 80 Persons / tourists evacuated on C130.
f. Bridge on Dir Chitral Road N45, kept open with the assistance of NHA from the first day.
g. MD, Utility Stores Corporation is present in Chitral on specific direction of Prime Minister.
(1) 10 Mobile Utility Stores outlets has been established for affectees.

(2) Permanent Utility Stores will be established within two weeks.

(3) 16 Ton Utility Stores commodities have been transported to Mastong, Bhoni from Gilgit and remaining is in pipelines. h. On directions of Prime Minister, in coordination with Army, services of FWO have been provided to KP Government for speedy repair of road infrastructure. i. Prime Minister’s Announcement

(1) Rs. 500 million announced by the Prime Minister for rehabilitation of infrastructure.

(2) Writing off all agriculture loans of affected areas.

(3) Compensation of Rs. 500,000 for each destroyed house.

(4) Prime Minister announced upgradation of Chakdara-Chitral Motorway with Rs. 27 billion budget.

(5) Announced completion of Loari Tunnel by end of 2016.

2. Gilgit Baltistan. 2800 Tents alongwith 1000 blankets of NDMA have been placed at the disposal of GBDMA and have already been transported in different districts and which are now at the disposal of Deputy Commissioners. 3. 3.Remaining Country

a. NDMA is in close contact with all PDMAs.

b. Monitoring the situation proactively.

c. So far, no demand of relief assistance received from any Province.

d. NDMA’s emergency stocks at Rawalpindi, Pirpai (Peshawar), Lahore, Muzafargarh, Karachi, Hyderabad, Kashmor and Quetta are placed on emergency alert to be released on short notice to any PDMA.

e. SMS alerts regarding heavy rain warning through coordination with PTA and Cellular Companies sent to over 10 million people in entire Sindh.

f. National Health Emergency Preparedness Network (NHEPRN) has been directed to augment its medical response capacities in the affected areas.

21st July 2015

Chitral Situation

On 16 July 2015, District Chitral was hit by a flash flood which led to significant damage to road network,  irrigation and water channels. Three valleys in Upper Chitral have also been cut off.
The incident was responded in a timely fashion by the joint efforts of District and Provincial Authorities with the support of Pakistan Army and NDMA. On NDMA’s request, the  damaged bridge at Broze on N 45 was temporarily restored for light traffic the same day by NHA. All available machineries and manpower was also deployed for temporary        opening of suspended traffic to restore communication. Despite being a public holiday, NDMA was able to mobilize and assist PDMA KP by sending food packs of 40 kgs each for 500 families. PDMA has also authorized Deputy Commissioner to utilize the relief fund for relief activities on immediate basis.
Besides ensuring provision of immediate relief to the affected  population the Provincial and District Administrations are also taking steps to restore water supply to Chitral Town while temporary arrangement of water supply through water tankers has been made. Irrigation Department has been tasked to immediately start channelization and clearance of debris from Drosh Gol, Kalkatak Gol and Chukidam. Chief Municipal Officer has been tasked for proper arrangement for drinking water supply from Golen Gol water supply line and start work on Anghar Ghon WSU on emergent basis. District Administration has started restoration of cut off sites. While, Revenue staff has been deputed to the sites for detailed assessments and verification of damages. Funds have also been provided to restore the private channel of Shishi Drosh Chitral on emergency basis. PDMA team members have reached Chitral to assist District Administration for detailed damaged assessment and to submit a report to the provincial government for allocation of resources.  District Administration Chitral is collecting data for payment of compensation.
NDMA plans to send two C 130 aircrafts with food packs to Chitral by 22 July 2015. C&W Department  & Public Health Engineering are being persued for deployment of heavy machinery for the rehabilitation & restoration of the damaged roads & washed away bridges.
NDMA is constantly monitoring the situation round the clock in coordination with  PDMA KP, Pakistan Army and all other relevant stakeholders to ensure timely relief and a well coordinated response.

30thJune 2015

NDMA Holds National Monsoon Preparedness Coordination Conference

Islamabad :

National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) organized a one day Coordination Conference at PM Office Auditorium on 30 June 2015 to review the state of preparedness for Monsoon Season-2015.

This Conference was the culmination of high level provincial/regional consultative process initiated in April 2015 by NDMA at all provinces, AJ&K, GB and FATA to formulate National Monsoon Contingency Response Directive based on the inputs of all key stakeholders.

The National Conference was attended by representatives from Federal, Provincial & Regional authorities (DMAs), Armed forces, Pakistan Metrological Department (PMD), Federal Flood Commission(FFC), SUPARCO, Rescue 1122, UN organizations, NHN, PHF, Boy Scouts/Girl guides of Pakistan and all relevant provincial & federal departments.

The Conference started with opening remarks by Chairman NDMA, Major General Asghar Nawaz. During the Conference, while presenting Monsoon Outlook 2015 PMD indicated that “slightly below average rainfall Monsoon” is predicted for 2015, in which major thrust will be from last week of July to end of August. Higher intensity rains are expected in KP, Northern Punjab, low rainfall is expected in Southern parts of the Country mainly Sindh & Balochistan while drought hit areas of Sindh and Balochistan may have very less rains. Prevalence of strong westerly system in Afghanistan/ KP is forecasted and chances of an erratic monsoon vis a vis climate change have also not been ruled out.The low rainfall in drought hit areas may aggravate drought situation.

NDMA presented salient of National Monsoon Contingency Response Directive-2015 which is based on experiences of past floods, conclusion of climate and visualization of well conceived contingency scenarios. Total four contingency scenarios have been visualized and the Most Likely Scenario is visualized as “Normal Monsoon in the Country”. It was highlighted that preparations be made for a normal Monsoon and adequate safeguards must be taken for even adverse scenarios to put forth an effective response.

Rehabilitation and Coordination Points were emphasized including role of all Disaster Management Organizations, Federal Provincial Departments and Humanitarian Organizations. Emphasis was also laid on looking after needs of vulnerable groups, aged, disabled, elderly and women.

Comprehensive Response Guidelines about Preparedness, Early Warning, Rescue, Relief, Brief presentations by various federal government departments, UN and other humanitarian organizations alongside an exclusive coordination discourse marked the proceedings.

Chairman NDMA, in his concluding remarks emphasized that in view of resource constraint environment the challenge is enormous but through better preparedness and efficient coordination it can be well managed.

23rdJune 2015

NDMA Takes Measures To Counter Heat Wave In Sindh

Islamabad :

NDMA Takes Measures To Counter Heat Wave In Sindh In view of the recent wave in Karachi which has led to unfortunate deaths, taking notice of the situation Prime Minister, Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has directed NDMA for taking response measures on priority basis. NDMA immediately contacted PDMA Sindh and National Health Emergency Preparedness Response Network (NHEPRN) to undertake necessary response measures for establishment of heat stroke centres at all government and private hospitals including basic health units (BHUs) and to arrange all necessary emergency medicines for heat stroke victims as well as coordination with emergency services like Edhi, Chhippa and Rescue 1122 etc. for timely transportation of the affected persons. NDMA has also directed PDMA Sindh to activate emergency helpline to address the needs of the affected people on priority basis and to start awareness campaign for the population to adopt preventive measures. Chairman NDMA, also spoke to Corps Commander Karachi to render assistance in given regard. The Corps Commander informed that Army and Rangers have already been proactively pursuing the establishment of heat stroke centres for general population since last two days in entire provincial cantonments/Rangers established. It was further assured that Army will render all possible assistance and services as and when required by NDMA and PDMA Sindh.

NDMA is actively pursuing establishment of Heat Stroke centres all over the Provinces especially Karachi through PDMA Sindh and Provincial Health Department. NDMA is also in touch with Army for establishment of Heat Stroke Centres in Sindh. NDMA in collaboration with Nestle Pakistan is also sending 77 thousand tons of water amounting to over 51 thousand water bottles for heat stroke centres in Karachi.

NDMA is constantly monitoring the situation in coordination with PDMA Sindh and is ready to facilitate the Provincial authority in given circumstances.

9th 11th June 2015

Three Days Training Course on “Industrial Hazard Mitigation

Islamabad :

In continuation to government’s policy, National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) is making an endeavor to build the capacity of government official through series of training courses planned by National Institute of Disaster Management (NIDM).

A three days’ training course on “Industrial Hazard Mitigation” was organized by the NIDM, at Islamabad from 9th to 11th June, 2015. The purpose of the training was to provide industrial disaster risk management knowledge and develop skills of government officers and civil society members, who have key responsibilities to handle the industrial disasters. The training course was attended by 25 individuals from various departments/organizations.

Resource persons from the government and development sector, having sound background experience in the field were invited to impart training. The agenda included an exposure visit to industry by participants. Biafo Industries Ltd. was visited to witness physically the disaster risk reduction measures under taken to achieve desired standards of safety.

The training concluded with the certificates to the participants on the final day of the training session.

8th June 2015

NDMA Coordinates Efforts Towards Prevailing Cyclonic Conditions Over Sindh-Makran Coast

Islamabad :

As per Pakistan Meteorological Department, cyclonic conditions have developed with deep depression over east-central Arabian Sea. The meteorological conditions are being constantly monitored by PMD which indicate that the system has intensified further into a Tropical Cyclone (01A) and presently centered at around Lat 18.0N and Long 67.5E which is about 750 km South of Karachi. This Tropical Cyclone is anticipated to move North-north-westward in next 24 hrs. In view of this the sea conditions from Monday 8 June to Friday 12 June along Sindh-Makran coast are likely to remain rough and very rough associated with strong storm winds.

Under the influence of this system Rain/Thundershowers are expected in Karachi, Hyderabad, Mirpurkhas, Tharparker, Thatta, Badin and Sujawal districts of lower Sindh in next 24-48 hrs and after 36 hrs in South Balochistan.

In wake of PMD’s Weather Advisory, NDMA has already issued necessary instructions to all about the expected cyclone and for taking all necessary pre-emptive measures under respective jurisdictions to avoid any loss of lives and damage to public as well as private property.

NDMA in coordination with PDMA Sindh, Balochistan and other relevant agencies is ensuring all precautionary measures including, issuance of early warnings on regular basis to the Fishermen for them not to venture in open sea till Friday 12 June. NDMA has also advised the civil/local administration to ensure that people should refrain from swimming in the sea & issue regular forecasts and warnings to people, ships, ports etc. removal of advertisement hoarding or making arrangements to secure the same. NDMA has also advised relevant District Disaster Management Authorities to proactively engage with the locals for implementation of precautionary measures in the respective areas and has also directed to place all Rescue agencies on high alert in the areas likely to be impacted for prompt response in case of any eventuality.

NDMA through activation of its National Emergency Operation Centre (NEOC) is constantly monitoring the situation well in coordination with all concerned departments including in particular PMD Islamabad headquarter and its Tsunami Warning Centre at Karachi, PDMA Sindh, PDMA Balochistan, DDMAs of districts vulnerable to the Cyclone, Pakistan Army and Navy to ensure that all necessary precautionary measures remain are intact to avoid any loss of life besides damage to public as well as private property. NDMA’s NEOC shall remain in operation on round the clock basis till the time the situation subsides.

8th June 2015

NDMA Coordinates Efforts Towards Prevailing Cyclonic Conditions Over Sindh-Makran Coast

Islamabad :

As per Pakistan Metrological Department (PMD), cyclonic conditions have developed with formation of a deep depression over east-central Arabian Sea during last 12 hours. The meteorological conditions are being constantly monitored by PMD which indicates that the system developed over the Arabian Sea is likely to intensify further into a Tropical Cyclone in next 12-24hrs and move in north-westward direction. In view of this the sea conditions along Sindh-Makran coast are likely to remain rough and accordingly very rough associated with strong squally winds from Monday 8 June to Friday 12 June respectively.

In wake of PMD’s Weather Advisory NDMA has already issued necessary instructions to all about the expected cyclone and for taking all necessary pre-emptive measures under respective jurisdictions to avoid any loss of lives and damage to public as well as private property.

NDMA in coordination with PDMA Sindh, Balochistan and other relevant agencies is ensuring all precautionary measures including, issuance of early warnings on regular basis to the Fishermen not to venture in open sea till Friday 12 June. NDMA has also advised the civil/local administration to ensure that people should refrain from swimming in the sea & issue regular forecasts and warnings to people, ships, ports etc. removal of advertisement hoarding or making arrangements to secure the same. NDMA has also advised District Disaster Management Authorities to proactively engage with the locals for implementation of precautionary measures in respective areas and directed to place all Rescue agencies on high alert in the areas likely to be impacted to ensure prompt response in case of any situation.

NDMA is constantly monitoring the situation in coordination with all concerned departments including in particular PMD, PDMA Sindh, PDMA Balochistan, DDMAs of districts vulnerable to the Cyclone, Pakistan Army and Navy to ensure all necessary precautionary measures are intact to avoid any loss of life and damage to public as well as private property through coordinated efforts.

3rd June 2015

NDMA Commences 2015 Pre Monsoon Preparations 6th Pre Monsoon Preparedness and Contingency Planning Meeting Held at Quetta (Balochistan)

Islamabad :

 

NDMA is holding consultative meetings in all provincial/regional and state DMAs to review the pre-monsoon preparations.

In this regard meetings have already been held at FDMA, PDMA KP, Punjab, Sindh and SDMA Muzaffarbad. As a sequel to these meetings, another high level consultative meeting was held today at Chief Secretary Balochistan Office.

The meeting was chaired by Chief Secretary Balochistan and attended by DG PDMA, Member Operations NDMA and Commissioners, Secretaries of relevant departments.

The House was briefed by DG PDMA Balochistan on the overall preparations being made to mitigate the effects of forthcoming monsoon.

Chief Secretary appreciated efforts of all stakeholders and directed to improve early warning mechanism for dissemination of information to communities. He also stressed on the need of a well coordinated logistics buildup, and timely pre-positioning of logistics stocks to meet any eventuality during the monsoon season.

Member Operations thanked the participants for their valuable input and emphasized on close coordination amongst federal and provincial departments for effective response towards any untoward situation. He assured that all possible support of NDMA will be rendered to PDMA Balochistan.

29th May 2015

PMD Briefs NDMA on 2015-Monsoon Season

Islamabad :

 

NDMA organized an important consultation with senior representatives from Pakistan Metrological Department headed by Chief Meteorologist Dr Ghulam Rasul to have a deliberate insight into impending Monsoon Season.

The Meeting was chaired by Chairman NDMA, Major General Asghar Nawaz and was also attended by Dr Muhammad Hanif (Director PMD), Member (DRR), Member (Operations) besides Director (Response), NDMA.

Dr Ghulam Rasul briefed the Meeting on the overall existing weather situation and prevailing seasonal weather forecast for the Country. Insights obtained and utilized in the Seasonal Weather Forecast using various regional products.

The Meeting was informed that present estimates of Monsoon rains in Pakistan predict Normal rains in Northern areas, KP, upper Punjab below normal in Sindh and Balochistan with strong likelihood of few sporadic flash flood events in KP, GB and Punjab. Indications of likely heavy falls over the catchment area of river Kabul are also anticipated.

Based on present Met situation and analysis, the 2015 monsoon is anticipated to be somewhat weaker than normal. However precise situation shall emerge around mid June 2015 when PMD will issue its revised monsoon forecast.

Dr Ghulam Rasul also explained that glacier melt rate will be higher in Gilgit Baltistan that will demand careful operation of Tarbela Dam.

He also warned that drought may be another challenge in Sindh and Balochistan as rains are expected to remain much less than normal which may further aggravate the existing drought conditions in Thar and Cholistan.

The PMD team asserted that the prevailing weather patterns are constantly changing and weather outlook may transform over the next months and development of any extreme situation like Year 2014 can not be ruled out however, enough warning time may be available to forecast such happenings.

Dr Ghulam Rasul also highlighted the value addition in PMD’s forecast can be achieved by utilizing selected products of European Centre For Medium Range Weather Forecasting (ECMWF), if arrangement are made for their procurement by NDMA which was readily agreed.

Chairman NDMA desired to share monthly update reports with NDMA to ensure accuracy for timely decision making and precautionary measures which will further assist to sensitize the provinces to take necessary measures. He also directed to maintain active liaison with FFD to ensure qualitative and quantitative analysis of water management at reservoirs besides FFD to also issue weekly forecasts for river catchment areas.

28th May 2015

PAKISTAN’S RELIEF ASSISTANCE TO NEPAL

Islamabad :

In continuation to Nepal earthquake relief efforts from the government of Pakistan, another one C-130 sortie was sent today carrying 2920 Tarpaulin.

A total 19xC-130 sorties carrying relief assistance have successfully been handed over to Nepalese government for the earthquake affectees.

The total relief dispatched so far includes 2531 Tents, 3 ton Food Packs (13 kg/ 29 kg each),1000 NDMA Blankets and additional 12.5 tons of Medicines, 15 Community Shelter, 20000 Tarpaulin Shelters, 20 ton Rice, 0.5 tons Lentil , 500 kgs ( 3024 litres) Water and 3000 MREs.

The USAR Team having successfully cleared 5 sites, has already returned on 5 May, while the field hospital after carrying out a successful tour of duty(treated 2700 patients and 32 operations conducted) has also returned on 18th May 2015 from Nepal.

27th May 2015

National Assembly Standing Committee Meeting on Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan

Islamabad :

In response to Flood 2014, NDMA conducted Recovery Needs Assessment(RNA) in Punjab and AJ&K during October 2014.

In order to evaluate progress on rehabilitation measures taken in the aftermath of flood 2014 in AJ&K, the 10th National Assembly Standing Committee Meeting on Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan was held on 27th May 2015 in National Assembly, Islamabad.

The meeting was chaired by Malik Ibrar Ahmed, MNA and attended by Members of the Standing Committee, Chairman NDMA, Major General Asghar Nawaz along with senior NDMA officials and representatives from Ministry of Kashmir Affairs & Gilgit Baltistan.

NDMA gave detailed briefing on the outcomes of ‘Recovery Needs Assessment’ jointly conducted by NDMA, AJ&K Government and UNDP in 10 flood affected districts of AJ&K (including Bagh, Bhimber, Hattian Bala, Haveli, Kotli, Mirpur, Muzafarabad, Neelum, Poonch and Sudhnoti).

Chairman NDMA informed that RNA report identified recovery cost in housing, crops, livelihood, livestock, community physical infrastructure sectors as well as of DRR capacity building as Rs/-2.84 billion in flood affected districts of AJK.

Chairman NDMA also informed the Committee that Rs 56 Million were disbursed through Government of AJ&K to next of kin of 56 persons, who lost their lives due to flood 2014.Furthermore, NDMA provided 3,000 tents, 3,000 blankets and 1500 plastic mats to the flood affectees of AJ&K.

The Meeting ended with vote of thanks to and from the Chair.

26th May 2015

NDMA Commences 2015 Pre Monsoon Preparations Fifth Pre Monsoon Preparedness and Contingency Planning Meeting Held at Muzffarabad (AJ&K)

Islamabad :

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NDMA is in the process of consultation with all provincial/regional and state DMAs for pre-monsoon preparationsto evaluate monsoon hazards in respective provinces, strategic deployment of available resources, requirements as well as challenges posed to respective districts.

In this regard detailed consultative meetings have since been held for KP and FATA at Peshawar, Punjab at Lahore and for Sindh at Karachi respectively. As a sequel to these meetings the fifth high level consultative meeting was held today with State Disaster Management Authority (SDMA) AJ&K at.

The meeting was chaired by Mr. Abid Ali Chief Secretary AJ&K and also attended by Chairman NDMA, Major General Asghar Nawaz along with Commissioners and Secretaries of relevant departments, Chief Engineers etc.

The House was briefed by Mr. Muhammad Akram Sohail DG SDMA on the preventive measure ensured in the pre monsoon contingency plan, state of preparedness of all relevant departments besides the requirement of tents.

Chairman NDMA appreciated the efforts of SDMA in putting in place the preparatory measures based on lessons learnt from past experiences and ground situation. Chairman desired to involve NHA, FWO and Army in the contingency planning exercise to ensure availability of other transportation means. He also suggested allocation of appropriate locations for placement creation of more warehouses for SDMA to preposition rescue and relief stocks and also emphasized identification of appropriate sites for relief camps to cope with any land sliding situation during monsoon season. He also advised to explore opportunities for enhanced early warning system for dissemination of information through SMS alerts for timely sensitizing the people about any likely situation. Chairman assured all possible support of NDMA to meet any unforeseen situation.

The Chief Secretary also endorsed suggestions of Chairman NDMA and also directed Commissioners and Director Generals to hold monthly meetings to monitor progress. He also instructed SDMA to weekly apprise him on all updates regarding ongoing preparations and action plan being undertaken.

These meetings are aimed to analyze preparations and determines roles & responsibilities of each stakeholder for them to be ready to cope with any unforeseen situation and ensure timely response to safe life and property. These consultative outcomes will lead to final preparation of National Monsoon Contingency Plan by NDMA which will be shared with all relevant stakeholders to ensure well coordinated network and immediate response during upcoming monsoon season.

26th May 2015

Nepal Relief Assistance

Islamabad :

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In continuation to Nepal earthquake relief efforts from the government of Pakistan, another one C-130 sortie was sent today carrying 3000 Tarpaulin.

A total 18xC-130 sorties carrying relief assistance have successfully been handed over to Nepalese government for the earthquake affectees.

The total relief dispatched so far includes 2531 Tents, 3 ton Food Packs (13 kg/ 29 kg each),1000 NDMA Blankets and additional 12.5 tons of Medicines, 15 Community Shelter, 17000 Tarpaulin Shelters, 20 ton Rice, 0.5 tons Lentil , 500 kgs ( 3024 litres) Water and 3000 MREs.

The USAR Team having successfully cleared 5 sites, has already returned on 5 May, while the field hospital after carrying out a successful tour of duty(treated 2700 patients and 32 operations conducted) has also returned on 18th May 2015 from Nepal.

25th May 2015

Senior Officials Meeting on HOA

Islamabad :

The Istanbul Conference for Afghanistan: Security and Cooperation in the Heart of Asia, held on 2nd November, 2011 adopted a declaration also called the Istanbul Process document, for capacity building and stability of Asia region.

The Heart of Asia Countries, consist of Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, China, India, Iran, Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Pakistan, the Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, The UAE and Uzbekistan.

The Heart of Asia Ministerial Conference was held at Kabul on 14th June 2012 that decided to short list seven (7) CBMs for implementation in the first phase. Among those seven Pakistan has a lead role in Disaster Management-CBM (DM-CBM), along with Kazakhstan. The other countries who have joined this CBM are Afghanistan, China, India, Iran, Kyrgyzstan and Turkey, while Supporting Countries include Denmark, France, Japan, Norway, UK, USA, European Union and later on Norway and Poland have also evinced interest in supporting implementation of DM-CBM. The Supporting Organisations for DM-CBM are WFP, UNDP, UNISDR, UNOCHA, World Bank, EU, NATO & ADPC.

In this regard a Senior Officials Meeting was held at Ministry of Foreign Affairs today. The purpose was to apprise on the progress regarding implementation of CBMs. The meeting was attended by representatives from Pakistan, Kazakistan.

National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) was represented by Member Disaster Risk Reduction, Mr. Ahmed Kamal at the meeting. The House was apprised on the activities undertaken by Pakistan and progress achieved so far under Disaster Management CBM.

Mr. Kamal also briefed on issues and challenges including Funding constraints for implementation of Activity Plan, Need of macro / micro level risk info of HoA region, Frequent disasters in the region diverting focus on DRR, Impact of climate change over the region, Deficient weather forecasting capabilities & inadequate early warning sharing & dissemination system, Need of establishment of Center of Excellence for disaster management training, research and development and Capacity building and awareness raising among communities on DRM.

24th May 2015

Nepal Relief Assistance

Islamabad :

In continuation to Nepal earthquake relief efforts from the government of Pakistan, another two C-130 sortie were sent today carrying Tents120, Rice 13 ton and Tarpaulin 2000.

A total 17xC-130 sorties carrying relief assistance have successfully been handed over to Nepalese government for the earthquake affectees.

The total relief dispatched so far includes 2531 Tents, 3 ton Food Packs (13 kg/ 29 kg each),1000 NDMA Blankets and additional 12.5 tons of Medicines, 15 Community Shelter, 14925 Tarpaulin Shelters, 20 ton Rice, 0.5 tons Lentil , 500 kgs ( 3024 litres) Water and 3000 MREs.

The USAR Team having successfully cleared 5 sites, has already returned on 5 May, while the field hospital after carrying out a successful tour of duty(treated 2700 patients and 32 operations conducted) has also returned on 18th May 2015 from Nepal.

22nd May 2015

Nepal Relief Assistance

Islamabad :

In continuation to Nepal earthquake relief efforts from the government of Pakistan, another C-130 sortie were sent today carrying 362 tents.

A total 15xC-130 sorties carrying relief assistance have successfully been handed over to Nepalese government for the earthquake affectees.

The total relief dispatched so far includes 2411 Tents, 3 ton Food Packs (13 kg/ 29 kg each),1000 NDMA Blankets and additional 12.5 tons of Medicines, 15 Community Shelter, 12925 Tarpaulin Shelters, 7 ton Rice, 0.5 tons Lentil , 500 kgs ( 3024 litres) Water and 3000 MREs.

The USAR Team having successfully cleared 5 sites, has already returned on 5 May, while the field hospital after carrying out a successful tour of duty(treated 2700 patients and 32 operations conducted) has also returned on 18th May 2015 from Nepal.

21st May 2015

Nepal Relief Assistance

Islamabad :

NDMA has dispatched further two C-130 aircrafts today to Nepal carrying humanitarian relief assistance as part of ongoing relief operation for the Nepal earthquake affectees.The consignment comprised of 3175 Tarpaulin Shelters, 200 Tents and 5 tons of Rice.

The total relief dispatched so far includes 2049 Tents, 3 ton Food Packs(13 kg/ 29 kg each),1000 NDMA Blankets and additional 12.5 tons of Medicines, 15 Community Shelter, 12925 Tarpaulin Shelters, 7 ton Rice, 0.5 tons Lentil , 500 kgs ( 3024 litres) Water and 3000 MREs sent via 14xC-130 aircrafts.

19th May 2015

NDMA Commences 2015 Pre Monsoon Preparations Fourth Pre Monsoon Preparedness and Contingency Planning Meeting Held at Karachi (Sindh)

Islamabad :

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In continuation to pre monsoon preparedness meetings held for KP and FATA at Peshawar and for Punjab at Lahore respectively, the fourth high level meeting for Sindh was held at Karachi today.

The meeting was chaired by Chief Secretary Sindh Mr. Muhammad Siddique Memon while Chairman NDMA Major General Asghar Nawaz also attended the briefing.

The participants of the meeting included senior NDMA officials, representatives of all key provincial stakeholders including (Secretaries, Commissioners as well as key departments/line agencies) besides representatives of PDMA Sindh, PMD, Armed Forces, Navy and USAR teams etc.

DG PDMA Sindh gave detailed presentation on the various contours of provincial contingency plan, details of vulnerable districts that fall in the threat of riverine flooding as well as flash and urban flooding during the monsoon season. He emphasized upon the irrigation department to ensure effective measures for quick response time in case of any flood like situation. The DG also apprised NDMA team on the level of PDMA Sindh preparations based on lessons learnt from previous floods across the country especially in Sindh province to cope with any rain/flood situation during monsoon season.

Chief Secretary Sindh expressed satisfaction on the overall precautionary and preparatory measures being so far undertaken by all concern departments but cautioned all concerned to be on their full alert. He also directed all commissioners and secretaries of relevant departments present, to ensure timely completion of tasks and make possible their implementation at the district level.

Chairman NDMA appreciated the efforts and also stressed the need for strong and efficient early warning system in place, timely prepositioning of required rescue and relief stocks at the district level. He also mentioned that the capacity and capability of water purification plants available with NDMA may be tested by the provincial authority and it can be provided to PDMA Sindh if and when needed. He also desired enhanced coordination mechanism among federal and provincial authorities for timely response and quick actions in case of any eventuality during monsoon 2015.

Chairman NDMA also met the Urban Search & Rescue Team (USAR) at Karachi and also inspected their equipment. He was given detailed briefing on the roles & responsibilities of the USAR team. Chairman appreciated the team for its state of readiness despite limited human and financial resources.

18th May 2015

NDMA Commences 2015 Pre Monsoon Preparations
Third Pre Monsoon Preparedness and Contingency Planning Meeting Held at Lahore (Punjab)

Islamabad :

NDMA is holding consultative meetings in collaboration with all the provincial/ regional departments to review pre-monsoon preparedness and contingency planning by respective provinces/regions for upcoming monsoon season.

In this regard, the third high level meeting was convened in Lahore (Punjab) at Civil Secretariat today.

The meeting was chaired by Chief Secretary Punjab Mr. Khizar Hayat Gondal while Chairman NDMA Major General Asghar Nawaz also attended the briefing. The participants of the meeting included senior NDMA officials and representatives of all key provincial stakeholders including (Secretaries, Commissioners as well as key departments/line agencies) besides representatives of Flood Forecasting Division (FFD) Lahore, WAPDA, NHA, Pakistan Railway and PCIW etc.

DG PDMA Punjab, Mr. Jawad Akram briefed the House about the state of preparedness of various related provincial departments for monsoon 2015. The meeting was followed by updates by each department regarding its preparations and measures planned and undertaken to cope with any rain/flood eventuality during the monsoon season.

The meeting also discussed pre monsoon contingency planning carried out by PDMA Punjab including identified grey areas, remedial measures taken, status of flood fighting plans, stockpiling of reserve stone by the Irrigation Department for any unforeseen situation as a consequence of embankment breach etc besides arrangement to ensure safety of life, property & infrastructure during the monsoon season.

The Chief Secretary while appreciating the efforts of each department emphasized the need to expand and improve the early warning system for timely dissemination of relevant information to all concerned. He also stressed the need to ensure strategic deployment of boats and selection of camp sites for quick response.

Chairman NDMA while acknowledging the overall preparedness efforts stressed the necessity of further strengthening the early warning capacities of PMD including the fault free operation of Lahore, Mangla and Sialkot Weather Radars during the monsoon season. Preposition of relief stocks by PMD and related DDMAs utilizing the Humanitarian Response Facility (HRF) that has recently been completed under NDMA-WFP cooperation and handed over to PDMA Punjab.

Such meetings are a prelude to National Conference on Monsoon Preparedness and Contingency Planning that will be organized by NDMA to incorporate inputs from all relevant DMAs including Federal Agencies as well concerned agencies of UN and INGOs to formulate the Annual Contingency Plan of NDMA for effectively combating the Monsoon Season-2015.

18th May 2015

Relief Assiatance for Nepal Earthquake Affectees

Islamabad :

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NDMA Pakistan continues with the relief efforts for Nepal Earthquake Affectees. Today two more C 130 flights were sent to Nepal, thus bringing the total number of flights to 12.

The total relief provided till to date is:-
1849 Tents, 9750 Tarpaulin Shelters, 15 Community Shelter , 1000 Blankets, 12.5 tons Medicines, 2 Tons Rice, 500 kgs ( 3024 litres) Water, 3 tons Food Packs, 3000 MREs, 0.5 tons Lentils

In addition to above the most potent component of Pakistan’s rescue / relief effort has been the 30 bed field hospital with doctors, paramedics and technicians and 38 man USAR team. The USAR team after successful completion of it’s task has already returned while the hospital is returning today.

13th May 2015

Continued Relief Efforts for Nepal Earthquake Affectees

Islamabad :

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NDMA is continuously pursuing the relief efforts to ensure timely assistance to the earthquake affectees of Nepal.

Another C-130 carrying relief consignment was sent today. The humanitarian assistance comprised of 1500 Tarpaulin/Shelters, 180 Tents and 400 kg of Medicines. NDMA in coordination with MOFA and PAF has already dispatched ten C-130 relief Flights including the present one.

11th May 2015

NDMA Commences 2015 Pre Monsoon Preparations NDMA Attends Consultative Meeting on Pre Monsoon Preparedness and Contingency Planning at Peshawar

Islamabad :

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Before the onset of Monsoon Season, National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) as part of its annual monsoon preparedness undertakes National Monsoon Contingency Planning in coordination with all Provincial Disaster Management Authorities (PDMAs) besides State Disaster Management Authority (SDMA), AJ&K, Gilgit Baltistan DMA and FATA DMA to better cope with any unforeseen/likely situation through joint efforts.

In this regard high level preparedness review meetings at provincial/regional level co-chaired by NDMA and respective province/Region have since commenced to analyze present preparations for monsoon-2015, identify gaps and measures undertaken based on past experiences. This shall facilitate further refinement of respective provincial contingency plans that shall be finally culminated in the form of National Monsoon Contingency Plan for 2015.

Two consultative meetings were held today in this context with PDMA Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and FATA-DMA. DG PDMA KP and DG FDMA in the presence of Secretary Rehabilitation, Recovery and Settlement KP, Additional Chief Secretary FATA and representatives of all key provincial departments/line agencies briefed NDMA team headed by Chairman NDMA, Major General Asghar Nawaz during these meetings, held at Civil Secretariat and FATA Secretariat Peshawar respectively, about the state of monsoon preparedness of various related departments of KP and FATA.

The meetings included detailed presentations on the pre monsoon contingency planning, steps taken to combat 2015-monsoon, containing review of state of preparedness for upcoming flood season 2015, progress on restoration of 2014 flood damage infrastructure. Initiatives/measures undertaken to avoid any unforeseen situation and to ensure safety of life, property & infrastructure during monsoon season were also presented.

Chairman NDMA emphasized the urgent need of addressing the identified gaps and improving further the early warning systems, timely stockpiling of required relief items, completion of ongoing flood protection schemes and operation and maintenance of vulnerable and weak irrigation and flood protection structures.

Chairman NDMA while appreciating the proactive approach of PDMA KP and FATA DMA towards monsoon preparedness strongly highlighted the need of well defined roles and responsibilities of relevant departments, to ensure smooth and better coordination and timely actions in case of any eventuality during monsoon 2015.

8th May 2015

Chairman NDMA Visits Nepal

Islamabad :

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In pursuance of the directives of the Prime Minister of Pakistan, NDMA continues with its relief operations for Nepal earthquake affectees.

On 8th May 2015, another relief flight was sent to Nepal with 3000 tarpaulin shelters and 15 large community shelters.

This plane was also accompanied by Chairman NDMA, Major General Asghar Nawaz along with NDMA officials. The Chairman NDMA visited the earthquake affected areas of Nepal to further assess the ground situation and also to identify further relief needs of the calamity hit communities.

During the visit, the Chairman NDMA also met the Nepalese Chief of Army Staff and Foreign Minister and assured them of Government of Pakistan’s unflinching and continued generous support to bring the affected people to some state of relief.

So far, nine C-130 relief Flights including the present two have been operated and the relief carried included Army Field Hospital of 30 beds (50 member with doctors, paramedics and technicians), 38 Men army USAR team with state of art equipment ( team has returned after successfully completing their assigned task) , medicines and 3,000 packs of Meals Ready to Eat (MREs) for different communities / stranded tourists, 1,565 tents, 15 Community Shelter, 3000 tarpaulin shelters, 3 ton of food packs, 1 ton rice, 3000 Meals Ready to Eat and 12 tons of medicines (sent with the hospital and also regularly in ensuing flights).

5th May 2015

PAKISTAN’S RELIEF ASSISTANCE TO NEPAL

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NDMA dispatched further two C-130 aircrafts today as part of sustained relief operation to Nepal earthquake affectees.

The humanitarian assistance comprised of 700 tents and 400 kg of medicines. NDMA is making all possible efforts to ensure immediate transportation of shelter to address the much needed support and assistance for the affectees of Nepal Earthquake.

So far, eight C-130 relief Flights have been operated. These included Army Field Hospital of 30 beds with field doctors and paramedics, 38 Men army USAR team with necessary equipment, medicines and 3,000 packs of Meals Ready to Eat (MREs) for different communities / stranded tourists, 1,550 tents, 215 standardized Food Packs (contents included Rice, Milk Powder, Biscuits, Sugar, Ghee/Oil, Lintel, Tea Bags, Matches, Salt etc) and 1,000 blankets.

4th May 2015

NATIONAL FIRE FIGHTERS’ DAY Message by Major General Asghar Nawaz, Chairman National Disaster Management Authority

Islamabad :

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Today, as we commemorate the International Fire Fighters’ Day, we also acknowledge the dedication, heroism and importance of firefighters of our own Country. This Day, on one hand reminds us of the horrible effects of fire incidents and on the other highlights the valiant actions of firefighters in saving precious lives.

Mass urbanization, non observance of basic fire prevention measures, fragile implementation of fire safety codes and resource inadequacy of fire fighting apparatus are those challenges which make Pakistan as a highly vulnerable Country to fire hazards. Some of the serious fire accidents of recent past in the Country are a manifestation of this fact.

Fire incidents are preventable if correct and timely precautions are undertaken. Installation of fire safety alarms, establishment of fire safety routes, routine fire safety checks and above all awareness are some of the measures which can significantly reduce the losses and minimize the risks. Another important aspect of fire safety measures is the special attention required for vulnerable members of society such as children, aged and disabled.

We need to ensure construction of fire safe structures in public and private sectors alongside domestic constructions, especially in the congested cities. Government of Pakistan is committed to prevent these losses. Preparation of National Fire Safety Policy is already in progress and we will pursue its expeditious finalization. Micro level risk assessment of fire hazards in vulnerable cities of various province is another aspect which merit attention for Disaster Risk Reduction.

I must compliment the determination of our fire fighters that they are delivering in resource constraint environment. We need to create fiscal space to modernize our equipment ensureas well as HR development on modern lines.

The Nation salute our brave fire fighters on this important Day. May Allah Almighty be their saviour in their future challenges.

I take this opportunity to pay tribute to our brave fire fighters who literally play with fire to save lives and properties of the citizens.

3rd May 2015

PAKISTAN’S RELIEF ASSISTANCE TO NEPAL

Islamabad :

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On the directives of the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif to meet the requirement of shelter for the earthquake affectees of Nepal on immediate basis, National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) with the assistance of Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) and Pakistan Air Force (PAF) has planned a sustained relief operation.

Prime minister has directed NDMA for immediate transportation of 20 thousand tents to Nepal to meet the demand of Nepalese Earth Quake victims. NDMA has made all arrangements in coordination with MoFA and PAF. Two sorties carrying about 600 tents and 200 kg of medicines was transported on Two C130 aircrafts at early morning today.

The air transportation operation will be huge and may take number of days.

Meanwhile NDMA also made special arrangements to send 7 Nepali Doctors (who were studying in Kind Edward College Lahore) also on same flights who wanted to go back to their country to render their services. The gracious and well timed decision of PM will substantially grant relief to the Nepalese people as these tents are likely to house about 150,000 to 180,000 people.

So far, four C-130s sorties have already been operated comprising of humanitarian relief assistance for earthquake affectees of Nepal on 26th and 28th April respectively. The relief consignment dispatched so far included, Army Field Hospital of 30 beds with doctors and paramedics, army USAR team with necessary equipment and 3000 Meals ready to eat for different communities /tourists NDMA’s 250 tents, 200 standardized Food Packs of NDMA (Rice 5 kg, Milk Powder 1 kg, Biscuits 3 Packs, Sugar 2 kg, Ghee/Oil 1 kg, Dal Channa 1 kg, Tea Bags 400 grams, Match Box 1, Salt 800 kg) 1000 NDMA blankets and 33 Carton of Medicines (for 4000 persons).

NDMA is in active coordination with all relevant departments to provide all possible assistance from the Government of Pakistan to Nepal earthquake affectees.

30th April 2015

NDMA in Collaboration with WFP Conducted A Complex Emergency Simulation Exercise “FAST RESPONSE 2015”

Lahore :

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As part of preparedness and readiness towards effective response to multi hazards, National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) in collaboration with World Food Program (WFP) has organized a three days Disaster Management Simulation Exercise in Lahore from 28-30 April 2015. Similar exercise was also planned by NDMA in June 2014 incorporating PDMA Punjab while this time the exercise has incorporated all the provincial, regional and state disaster management authorities.

Prompt and flexible response is the key to successfully manage the disaster situations. The purpose of the training is to practice and understand implementation of disaster response plans, enhance response capacities, well coordinated network and strong partnership among all stakeholders including all Disaster Management Authorities and other relevant departments including Rescue 1122, Armed Forces and civil departments to further build strong partnership for ensuring prompt response to any eventuality.

Exercise participants included NDMA, Provincial Disaster Management Authorities (PDMA Punjab, Sindh, Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa KPK, GB, AJ&K AND FATA), District Disaster Management Authorities DDMA Punjab (Muzaffargarh, Rajanpur), DDMA Sindh (Kashmore, Jacobabad), DDMA Balochistan (Nasirabad, Jaffarabad), DDMA KPK (Peshawar, Nowshera) and Federal Flood Commission (FFC), Pakistan Metrological Department (PMD), Rescue 1122 (Punjab), National Highway Authority (NHA), Railways and WFP/UN Agencies.

Addressing the inaugural ceremony, Peter Scott-Bowden (Acting Country Director, WFP Pakistan) appreciated NDMA, WFP Readiness Initiative Team (RIT) for their support in conduct of this training. He stressed the need to enhance provincial as well as district response capacities to face any likely situation in future. He appreciated assistance of UN System for disaster management authorities around the world as well as for the UN humanitarian country team to build their response capacities.

Speaking on the occasion Ms. Jacqui Badcock (UN Resident Coordinator) emphasized on disaster preparedness in Pakistan being the 7th most vulnerable country to the effects of climate change in the world. Strong partnership of international community with the local authorities is important part of preparedness. There is dire need to practice and improve response to emergency through active coordination during disasters towards mitigation & prevention approach to prepare for any eventuality. she added.

The exercise was based on broad disasters spectrum to explore mounting response to different disasters split into three phases including Early Warning, Rescue and Response. The participants were given scenarios based on a number of real events that have struck Pakistan including floods, earthquakes, landslides etc in recent years and response was presented to the Chief Control of the Exercise and observers of various Government departments involved in disaster management.

The exercise provided opportunity to all participants to identify gaps in DM system, find solution to critical situations through interactive sessions in order to take prompt & timely decision of operational/tactical levels.

Begum Zakia Shahnawaz (Minister for Population and Welfare Punjab) represented Chief Minister Punjab at one of the phase of Exercise. Speaking on the occasion Ms Zakia Shahnawaz appreciated the initiative and efforts of NDMA and WFP towards capacity building of all provinces to cope with any unforeseen eventuality in future. She desired that all provinces must address the gaps and problems identified during this training so that they can implement lesson learned during a real time situation. She was particularly impressed by the high standard of conduct and interest demonstrated by all participants and commended NDMA of its initiative.

Addressing the closing ceremony Chairman NDMA Major General Asghar Nawaz thanked WFP for their support and cooperation to materialize this exercise which is a step towards establishing a well netted disaster management system in Pakistan. He appreciated all participants from all provinces for their keen interest and inputs during the conduct of exercise. Remaining prepared against disaster is an arduous task warranting foresightedness, innovative hypothesis of disaster scenarios and a comprehensive as well as flexible response mechanism. Contingency planning for disasters is thus very challenging and simulation exercises with complex scenario can help in training the disaster managers for a wide variety of situations”. said Chairman NDMA

The Chairman also urged to conduct such exercises in future as well for better understanding and identification of role of each stakeholder at the time of emergency.


28th April 2015

NDMA Sends Relief to Earthquake Affected Areas

Islamabad :

Islamabad, 28th April, 2015 –National Disaster Management Authority(NDMA) has further dispatched the second two sorties of C 130 Aircrafts in the early morning of 28th April in collaboration with Pakistan Army, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Pakistan Air Force. The relief goods include 250 tents, 200 food packs (2.6 ton), 1,000 Meals Ready to Eat (MREs), 1,000 blankets and 33 cartons of medicines. These relief goods have been provided from NDMA stocks. Besides, the aircrafts have also carried additional Search and Rescue Equipment for Pakistan Army and remaining components of Army Field Hospital. Pakistan’s Army Field Hospital has been further supplemented with 8 doctors and 13 paramedic staff. NDMA official also accompanied the aircrafts for carrying out need assessment for further rescue and relief requirements of Nepal. NDMA under the directions of Government of Pakistan is actively monitoring the situation in Nepal and engaged with the relevant stakeholders for pursuing Pakistan’s relief assistance in most befitting manner.

27th April 2015

PAKISTAN’S RELIEF ASSISTANCE TO NEPAL

Islamabad :

Islamabad, 27th April, 2015 –NDMA confirmed that Pakistan’s Army Field Hospitals and Special Search and Rescue Teams earlier transported through C 130 Aircrafts actively deployed in the suburbs of Kathmanduare rendering effective rescue and relief support to the earthquake victims. The second two sorties of C 130 due to leave on 27th April, could not carry out its operation because of bad weather as well as heavy commercial air traffic at Kathmandu Airport. The aircrafts are scheduled to leave on 28th April, in the early morning carrying substantial relief goods including tents, blankets, and food items to support 4,000 persons. And alongside that additional human resource of doctors, paramedics, search and rescue teams, NDMA is actively engaged with Army, PAF and Ministry of Foreign Affairs to pursue Pakistan’s relief assistance to Nepal in most befitting manner.

25th April 2015

NDMA Sends Relief to Earthquake Affected Areas

Islamabad :

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An earthquake measuring 7.9 on the Ricther scale struck an area between the capital Kathmandu and the city of Pokhara in Nepal today that (according to the US Geological Survey) has caused massive damage at the epicenter.

The Government of Pakistan(GoP) and its people extended their heartfelt condolences and sympathies to the government and people of Nepal on the tragedy that has caused loss of precious lives and properties.

The Prime Minister of Pakistan, Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has expressed deep grief over the losses and has also pledged help for the Nepalese authorities. In response to this devastating earthquake and to express solidarity with the affected people the GoP has extended full support in terms of technical expertise and provision of relief to the neighboring country Nepal in this hour of need to handle the emergency.

PM has directed NDMA to render maximum assistance to Nepal for rescue and relief operations following the devastating earthquake on 25 April 2015. Towards this end NDMA with the active support of MoFA, Army and PAF has chalked out a comprehensive plan to dispatch relief goods, food items, army medical team and specialist USAR team of Army / NDMA. Flight clearance of C 130 aircraft already initiated through MoFA. Four sorties via C-130 aircraft carrying 12 tons of humanitarian relief goods will be dispatched in coming days. First sortie is likely to operate anytime on 26 April 2015.

The relief consignment comprised of Non Food Items (NFIs) including Blankets and Medicines as well as food packs including water bottles and ration for the affected families.

Apart from the relief assistance a thirty bedded field hospital along with a team of doctors and Urban Search and Rescue Teams (USAR) have also been sent to provide additional manpower and use trained expertise to rescue the stranded affectees.

The Government of Pakistan has reiterated the resolve to provide all possible assistance to help the bereaved earthquake affected families in this hour of grief. NDMA is maintaining active liaison with the GoP for further assistance if needed to ensure prompt response and timely assistance.

On the directives of the GoP, National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) immediately started preparations to provide relief assistance to the affectees of the wrecked areas at a short notice.

National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) has dispatched four C-130 aircraft carrying 12 tons of humanitarian relief goods on 25th April 2015.

17th April 2015

NDMA IN COLLABORATION WITH WFP ORGANISED FACILITATORS TRAINING ON DISASTER MANAGEMENT

Islamabad :

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NDMA in collaboration with WFP has organized a three day Disaster Management Simulation/Training in Islamabad from 15-17 April 2005, to train the participants as emergency simulation facilitators who will be responsible for planning, designing and delivering the simulation exercises.Simulation participants included NDMA, Provincial Disaster Management Authorities including (PDMA Punjab, Sindh, Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa KPK), District Disaster Management Authorities including (DDMA Punjab from Muzaffargarh, Rajanpur), (DDMA Sindh from Kashmore, Jacobabad), (DDMA Balochistan from Nasirabad, Jaffarabad), (DDMA KPK from Peshawar, Nowshera) and Federal Flood Commission (FFC), Pakistan Metrological Department (PMD), Rescue 1122 (Punjab) and WFP/UN Agencies.

Similar simulation exercise was also planned by NDMA in June 2014 incorporating PDMA Punjab while this time the exercise is planned to incorporate all the provinces. The training was imparted by WFP Readiness Initiative Team (RIT).The purpose of the training was to familiarize officials on how to design, build and implement an emergency management simulation exercise as well as to test disaster response plans, procedures, contingency plans, and SOPs such as, National Monsoon Contingency Plan and Provincial Disaster Response Plan. The training session was inaugurated by Mr. Anthony Craig, Senior Preparedness Advisor, WFP, Geneva, Switzerland. Addressing the closing ceremony today Chairman NDMA, Major General Asghar Nawaz appreciated WFP in the provision of training opportunity to various stakeholders through this simulation exercise to practice their organization’s response, decision making process and procedures. Such trainings and exercises would further strengthen & identify roles & responsibilities of various stakeholders and refine their disaster response to handle any unforeseen situation in upcoming monsoon season, he added. Sequel to training at Islamabad, a Simulation Exercise is planned from 28-30 April 2015 at Lahore where the participants from all provinces, in form of various syndicates are expected to undergo the disaster response exercise in simulated scenarios of various disasters. The Exercise will aim at capacity building of disaster managers of all tiers to plan and respond to various contingent situations in befitting manner.

8th April 2015

Signing of LOA for Institutional Support to NDMA, WFP-NDMA Joint Annual Work plan 2015

Islamabad :

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NDMA is striving to build and strengthen institutional capacity under the three-tiered institutional set-up for Disaster Management (established by the Disaster Management Act) through the implementation of NDMP. NDMA is striving to build and strengthen institutional capacity under the three-tiered institutional set-up for Disaster Management (established by the Disaster Management Act) through the implementation of NDMP.

In this regard today a Letter of Agreement (LOA) was signed between National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) and the World Food Program (WFP) on ‘Institutional Support to NDMA for Implementation of the National Disaster Management Plan in Pakistan’ –under 2015-WFP Work Plan.

The Signing Ceremony was held at NDMA. Chairman NDMA (Major General Asghar Nawaz) and Ms. Lola Castro (WFP Country Representative/Director to Pakistan) signed the LOA in the presence of representatives from WFP and senior NDMA officials. The Project shall be implemented through WFP funding.

The key purpose of the Project is to establish and refine existing processes related to Disaster Management, strengthening coordination, knowledge management as well as building capacities of personnel and communities through technical, financial assistance and training.

NDMA will work closely with WFP and other UN agencies through the Project. The Project activities will be carried out through the DRR wing of the NDMA.

Important components of the project include Technical Support to NDMA for strengthening multi- hazard vulnerability & risk assessment and mapping; Strengthening Capacities for disaster preparedness and response and Highlighting NDMA’s role in Media through Education & Awareness and DRR Advocacy.

Chairman NDMA welcomed the WFP team and lauded WFP for its continuous support and assistance in various capacity building efforts towards DRR, disaster preparedness and building up disaster management institutions in Pakistan. He urged continuation of support from WFP and other development partners to shoulder NDMA in its efforts to implement various DRM related activities under the spirit of DRR priority and National Disaster Management Plan.

Ms. Lola Castro also appreciated NDMA for the endeavors made in the field of disaster management and expressed the hope that successful implementation of Annual Work plan- 2015 in coordination with NDMA will be beneficial to further strengthen and enhance existing level of preparedness and response to cope with disasters like situation in future.

3rd April 2015

Visit of 42nd Batch of Common Training Program of Civil Services Academy to NDMA

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Eighteen officers of the 42nd Batch of the Civil Services Academy under the Common Training Program (CTP) visited NDMA today as part of the Country Study Tour to know an insight about various aspects of disaster management system in the Country.

The participants were given a detailed briefing presentation on Disaster Management System in Pakistan highlighting role & mandate of NDMA, Pakistan’s disasters vulnerabilities & preparedness measures. The participants were also apprised about the measures undertaken at Federal and Provincial levels to manage various disasters as well experiences/losses of past disasters.

The Briefing was followed by question – answer session and ended with exchange of souvenirs. The Delegation thanked and appreciated NDMA for the detailed briefing and for an inclusive briefing on the overall spectrum of disaster management which would certainly benefit the given cadre of civil services officers in their future pursuits.

31thMarch 2015

NDMA and JICA Sings Record of Discussion ‘Project for Capacity Development of Disaster Management in Pakistan’

Islamabad :

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Pakistan’s National Disaster Management Plan (NDMP) was formulated with the assistance of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in year 2013.

One of the major components of NDMP is the National Capacity Building to respond to challenges of Disaster Management. Towards that end, in continuation of a MoU between Government of Pakistan, Economic Affairs Division (EAD) and Government of Japan since 2005.

In this regard the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), NDMA and EAD signed on 31st March 2005 Record of Discussion regarding Japanese Grant in Aid Technical Cooperation project entitled “Capacity Development of Disaster Management in Pakistan”, today. The Pproject having duration of three and half years shall be implemented through Grant of Japanese Government.

The Signing Ceremony was held at NDMA between NDMA, JICA and EAD. Chairman NDMA, Major General Asghar Nawaz, Chief Representative JICA Pakistan Office Mr. Mitsuyoshi Kawasaki and Joint Secretary (Japan), Economic Affairs Division (GoP) Syed Mujtaba Hussain signed the Record of Discussion.

The Project will facilitate in promoting and strengthening cohesive capacity building program in Pakistan and would substantiate to upscale the capacities of National Institute of Disaster Management (NIDM) which is an auxiliary arm of NDMA.

Besides that NDMA has suggested that the Project should include “Strengthening National Emergency Operation Center (NEOC) and strengthening of disaster management information system for NDMA and PDMAs. This aspect is being considered for inclusion in the scope of Project during study/planning phase.

Chairman NDMA welcomed the JICA Delegation and lauded its role towards the contributions made in field of disaster management. He also thanked the GOJ for its cooperation and timely assistance towards implementation of some significant interventions of NDMP which includes capacity building initiatives and improvements in the flood forecasting & warning system across the Country. These undertakings mark enduring and sustainable relationship between Pakistan and Japan.

Mr. Mitsuyoshi Kawasaki thanked NDMA for cooperation in further enhancement of resilient capacities for disaster management. He hoped that the Project is one of the initial step for further cooperation in future.

Both sides also agreed that NDMA, the counterpart to JICA, will be responsible for the implementation of the Project in cooperation with JICA, coordination with other relevant organizations and further ensure that the Project is self sustained after implementation.

30th March 2015

NDMA Briefs Minister of Climate Change on UN Third World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (3WCDRR)

Islamabad :

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The Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (3WCDRR) was held from 14 to 18 March, 2015 in Sendai City, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan.

A high level Delegation led by Mr. Tariq Fatemi, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs, Major General Asghar Nawaz, Chairman, NDMA, senior officials of NDMA and Pakistan Ambassador in Japan represented Pakistan in the Conference.

The 3WCDRR had the main objective to review achievements made under Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA-I, 2005-15) and to adopt a forward-looking as well as action-oriented framework for continuation of HFA-I beyond Year 2015.

In order to brief the Minister for Climate Change (Mr. Mushahid Ullah Khan) about the Conference outcomes and post conference actions, Chairman NDMA (Major General Asghar Nawaz) along with Member DRR (Mr. Ahmed Kamal) and Director DRR-I (Waqar ud din Siddiqui) gave away a presentation at Ministry of Climate Change today. Secretary Ministry of Climate Change and DG (Environment) were also present. Dr. Qamar uz Zaman Chaudhry, former DG PMD and Advisor on Climate Affairs also attended on special invitation of M/OCC.

While briefing the Minister, Chairman NDMA mentioned that Pakistan’s participation in the Conference was very active and wholesome. During the course of discussions and negotiations on Post-2015 HFA, NDMA remained very actively engaged with the Chief Negotiator of MoFA and extended maximum support towards effective usage and interpretation of technical language in the Post-2015 Framework draft.

The Minister was also apprised of Pakistan’s side event organized by NDMA during the Conference proceedings.

While apprising the Minister on the salient features of the Sendai Framework (SFDRR 2015-30) adopted in (3WCDRR), Chairman NDMA briefed about Pakistan’s Consultative Inputs during Framework formulation Process, the salient features of the framework and its implications and challenges for Pakistan in implementation.

The Minister while appreciating the overall contribution of NDMA in the Conference opined that DRR is an emerging area requiring high level of attention for which the M/OCC shall provide all needed support. He also appreciated NDMA’s role in combating the natural disasters through effective preparedness and timely response. He proposed active inclusion of youth in disaster management related activities. He also stressed the need of much more active involvement of media in the field of disaster management through more broader setup by NDMA.

He also desired a detailed briefing on the overall role of NDMA and how well the Government can support in enhancing institutional capacities of NDMA to further consolidate its role.

27th February 2015

NDMA Participation at the 3WCDRR Conference, Sendai, Japan

Islamabad :

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The Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (3WCDRR) was held from 14 to 18 March, 2015 in Sendai City, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan. It was attended by 187 countries along with several thousand persons from world over associated with DRR.

The 3WCDRR had the main objective to review achievements made under Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA-I, 2005-15) signed by 168 countries including Pakistan in a World Conference on DRR held in 2005 at Hyogo in Japan and to adopt a forward-looking and action-oriented framework for continuation of HFA-I beyond year 2015. A high level Delegation led by Mr. Syed Tariq Fatemi, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs, Major General Asghar Nawaz, Chairman, NDMA, senior officials of NDMA and Pakistan Ambassador in Japan represented Pakistan in the Conference.

Pakistan’s participation in the 3WCDRR was quite active and wholesome. Syed Tariq Fatemi, while delivering Pakistan’s official statement congratulated the Government of Japan for making meticulous arrangements for the Conference etc. He regarded the Conference as the first milestone towards future sustainable, just, equitable, inclusive, resilient and transformative path to achieving “The future we want” and it would be a significant building-block towards the comprehensive Post-2015 Development Agenda to be adopted by the UN in Sept 2015. He stated that the HFA-I had catalyzed global response to disaster risk reduction and while crafting its successor framework implementation of HFA-I should be sustained to consolidate the gains, while filling the gaps, especially with respect to enhancing international cooperation guided by the Rio Principles, notably “Common But Differentiated Responsibilities”. In his well structured Statement, he also mentioned about the worst disasters experienced by Pakistan including 2005 earthquake, the floods of 2010 and recurring flood in the subsequent years up till 2014. Mr. Fatemi also spoke about establishment of National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) in realization of HFA-I, which is operating as a comprehensive institutional setup for disaster management at the national and local levels.

On the issue of effective delivery of Post-2015 Framework, Pakistan’s stance focused on enhancement of international cooperation and additional, adequate, sustainable as well as predictable means of implementation which should include finance, technology transfer & capacity enhancement as means to support national efforts and capacities.

Mr. Fatemi and Chairman NDMA also participated in the Ministerial Roundtable on Reconstruction after disasters – Build Block Better and effectively highlighted Pakistan’s performance in the recent disasters. Pakistan Delegation also attended various working sessions besides participating in a number of side events organized by various international organizations and development partners.

During the course of negotiations on Post-2015 Framework, NDMA remained actively engaged with the participating officials of MoFA and extended maximum support towards interpretation of technical language in the Post-2015 Framework Draft favorable to the interest of developing countries.

In this context, prior to the Conference, NDMA had regularly been giving its inputs in the pre-Sendai Conference meetings held in June, July & November, 2014. NDMA’s specific inputs targeted seven specific areas. Firstly, Bridging of resource constraints of the developing countries under Post-2015 framework, secondly, Setting up of UN Trust Fund for Disaster Risk Reduction, thirdly, Technical and financial assistance based on vulnerability index of a particular country, fourthly, Use of modern technology to strength hazard forecasting and early warning dissemination, fifthly, Adopting gender and disability inclusive DRR approach, sixthly, Private sector involvement in DRR and seventhly, Investment by developed countries in developing countries in DRR with respect to resilient development and infrastructure.

On the sidelines of 3WCDRR, as a part of its strong efforts to project and promote Pakistan’s approach to resilience from natural disasters, NDMA on March 17, 2015 organized a side event with them “Towards a Resilient Pakistan-Shift from Reactive to Proactive Approach”. The Event attracted a very good gathering of eminent personalities of International stature in particular H.E. Ms. Shamshad Akhtar, Executive Secretary UNESCAP & UN Under Secretary General, who participated as Chief Guest and H.E. Mr. Kenichi Suganuma, Ambassador Incharge of 3WCDRR who participated as Guest of Honor besides Mr. Otsuki Eiji, Senior Advisor / Senior Representative of JICA from Tokyo, Lt. Gen ® Nadeem Ahmed former Deputy Chairman ERRA & Chairman NDMA, Dr. Qamar uz Zaman Ch., former DG PMD, Vice President WMO and Advisor to Government of Pakistan on Climate Affairs besides representatives of International Development Agencies, UNDP, UNESCAP, UNISDR,ADPC, Research Institutes, Consulting Firms, INGOs and Pakistani NGOs.

An inspiring documentary on Pakistan’s road to disaster resiliency set the context for the Side Event followed by an impressive and detailed presentation by Chairman NDMA on Country’s overall progress on HFA priority areas, its hazard vulnerabilities, climate change impact concerns, disaster experiences and the response generated besides landmark transformation to a pro-active approach through national DRR Policy and National DM Plan. Chairman NDMA also highlighted the future challenges and the way forward to tackle them.

On the Conference sidelines Chairman NDMA held a number of important bilateral meetings with: Ms Margareta Wahlstrom, UN Under Secretary General on DRR, Mr. Kenichi Suganuma, Ambassador Incharge of 3WCDRR, Ms. Shamshad Akhtar, Executive Secretary UNESCAP, Mr Michel Jarrand, Secretary General WMO, Mr David Kaatrud Regional Director WFP and Mr Willaim Berger, Principal Regional Advisor for South Asia, OFDA.

Overall, Pakistan’s contribution in the 3WCDRR remained excellent and very meaningful. Pakistan’s Delegation, through its presence at various forums and during the bilateral meetings made significant endeavors to project Pakistan’s achievements in the entire spectrum of Disaster Management System. Pakistan’s concerns have been addressed in Sendai Framework based on objective input from NDMA is preparatory discourse from year 2012 onwards. Pakistan’s performance towards DRR in HFA’s is also being well acknowledged by all observers and UNISDR. It is expected that Pakistan will be able to consolidate its past achievements & experiences to meet the targets set forth in Sendai.

17th February 2015

OIC DELEGATION VISITS NDMA

Islamabad :

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A four- member delegation from Organisation of Islamic Countries (OIC), Humanitarian Affairs Department from Jeddah headed by Ambasdor Faud-al- Maznaee, (Advisor to the Secretary General-OIC) visited NDMA on 27th March 2015. The other members of delegation included Relief Coordinator, OIC (Dr. Zakria Adam Ahmed), Professional Officer, OIC (Mr.Firdous Hussain) and Admin & Finance Officer, OIC (Mr.Usman Mughal).

The purpose of the meeting was to share with NDMA about OIC’s past interventions for flood affected population of Pakistan and also the ongoing initiatives of OIC to further strengthen cooperation among member states in the field of disaster management.

The Delegation was welcomed by Member (Operations) NDMA (Brig Ishtiaq Ahmed) who briefed the Delegation on disaster management system in the Country with special focus on efforts undertaken by NDMA in handling various disasters. The meeting was attended by Director (Response), Director (R&R), Advisor GCC and AD (R&R).

The Delegation was also given detailed presentation on the overall disaster management system in Pakistan. The Delegation was also apprised of NDMP which provides a road map to address existing vulnerabilities to hazards and to further ensure that future development is resilient to disasters.

Ambasdor Faud-al- Maznaee appreciated NDMA’s role and contributions for successful management of major disasters and stated that other OIC member countries could learn from Pakistan’s experiences in the field of disaster management. He also desired to conduct workshops/ trainings to learn from knowledge of Pakistan to support member countries in field of disaster management.

11th Safe & Secure Pakistan International Fire, Safety, Security and Health Exhibition & Conference- 2015

Islamabad 12th March 2015:
The 11th Safe & Secure Pakistan International Fire, Safety, Security and Health Exhibition & Conference-2015 organized by Pegasus Consultancy was held from 10-12 March-2015 at Pak- China Friendship Centre Islamabad.
The purpose of the Exhibition was to arrange interactive platform for the exchange of industry knowledge by bringing together major international and local exhibitors to display latest technology and advancement regarding security, safety, fire fighting and rescue & emergency. More than 250 companies from 31 different countries displayed their brands at the Safe Secure International Exhibition.
Addressing the inaugural ceremony Chairman NDMA, Major General Asghar Nawaz stressed the need for better preparedness and enhanced response capacities to reduce the impact of disasters. He lauded role of Pegasus Consultancy in organizing the Event and bringing together local and international exhibitors to share their experiences and technology. Chairman NDMA also appreciated the role of Punjab Emergency Services (Rescue 1122) for its efforts, provision of immediate rescue and prompt emergency response at micro level.
Chairman NDMA along with the Guest of Honor General Secretary Fire & Security Association of Pakistan (Mr. Anwar A. Ghauri) and other dignitaries also visited various stalls. The products displayed in the Exhibition included intelligence equipment, fire- fighting equipment, alarm systems, surveillance cameras and security softwares etc.
Based on the theme ‘Redefining Security with Latest Technologies’ a Safe Secure Pakistan Conference also commenced on 11th March at Pak- China Friendship Centre Islamabad.

CONSULTATIVE MEETING ON PRE-THIRD WORLD CONFERENCE ON DISASTER RISK REDUCTION

Islamabad 26th February and 5th March:
A five day conference namely “Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction 3rd WCDRR” is being scheduled in Sendai city, Japan from 14-18 March 2015 which will be hosted by Japan.
Senior level delegations from various countries including Pakistan and all relevant stakeholders, including civil society, non-governmental organizations, national platforms for disaster risk reduction, focal points for the Hyogo Framework for Action, local government representatives, scientific institutions and the private sector, as well as organizations of the United Nations system and intergovernmental organizations are invited to participate in this Conference.
The main objective of the 3rd WCDRR is to involve various experts in the field of disaster risk reduction under one platform to share their experiences and lessons learnt during managing various disasters in respective countries, review the implementation of HFA and adoption of a Post -2015 Framework (HFA-II). There will also be related events related to building the resilience of nations and communities against disasters.
In the above context, a preparatory meeting was organized by NDMA in coordination with Lead Pakistan and OXFAM at Serena hotel, Islamabad on 26th February 2015 to review the ongoing arrangements for the 3rd WCDRR Conference and discuss in detail the activities/ initiatives of all relevant stakeholders for participation in the 3rd WCDRR. Participants from DRR Forum also took active part in deliberations.
The Meeting was chaired by Member DRR NDMA. Addressing the Session Member DRR NDMA presented an overview and the importance of the upcoming Conference that would be beneficial to improve and share the disaster risk reduction activities globally with different countries.
Being the National Focal Agency to steer the process of HFA Implementation, NDMA officials also shared overall inputs given by Pakistan for HFA-II Priority actions and initiatives undertaken by NDMA under each priority action.
The Meeting was followed by presentation by OXFAM on 3rd WCDRR priorities and question answers for final inputs from all participants.
In this context a follow up meeting with the DRR Forum was also held at NDMA on 5th March 2015. The meeting concluded the consultative and coordination process amongst all stakeholders/ participants from Pakistan to share/harmonize their views and suggestions about DRR at national level. NDMA thanked all participants of the Meeting and highlighted that consultative undertakings are very important for Global events in line to develop a consensus as well as enhance coordination amongst all organizations. NDMA will strive to strengthen and institutionalize this mechanism in future.

Islamabad 19th March 2015

Assessment on Drought Situation In Tharparkar, Sindh
Islamabad 19th March 2015:
In view of the prevailing drought conditions in Sindh,   NDMA organized a meeting by inviting relevant government departments, UN agencies, INGOs and NGOs to assess the drought situation in Sindh in general and in Tharparkar in particular. The special focus of the conference was to come up with a strategy on how to conduct Multi-Sector assessment in drought affected areas of Sindh.
The meeting was chaired by Member Operations NDMA (Brig Ishtiaq Ahmed) while representatives from PDMA Sindh, District Administration Tharparkar, Pakistan Metrological Department, SUPARCO, Secretary Irrigation-Government of Sindh, Military Operation Dte, UN agencies, INGOs and NGOs attended the meeting.
During the meeting,  representatives from UN agencies, NGOs/INGOs and government departments shared their, assessments/ surveys carried out in drought affected areas of Sindh  and interventions done in various sectors including Water, Health, Food, Agriculture, WASH and Livestock etc.  The participants suggested way forward to prevent drought situation from becoming bad to worst and proposed various interventions to mitigate effects of drought in Sindh.
The participants also discussed drought mitigation plans prepared by various departments and agencies to counter the present situation, address emergency situation and prepare the community through well chalked out mitigation measures. Representatives from Metrological Department and SUPARCO briefed that the drought situation would further aggravate in coming months.
Member (Operations) NDMA thanked all the participants for their contribution and efforts to find reasonable solution and translate into implementation process. He emphasized that such coordinated efforts by all relevant stakeholders will assist in timely collection of data, resource mobilization and informed decisions to mitigate the impact of drought conditions in Sindh.

28th February 2015

NDMA with Assistance of Pakistan Army Sends Humanitarian Assistance for Avalanche Affectees of Afghanistan on Direction of Government of Pakistan

Islamabad :

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The Avalanche in North East Afghanistan following heavy snow hit small mountainous province, Panjshir in the North of the capital, Kabul on February 26th 2015 caused wide spread disaster.

In wake of above scenario, the Government of Pakistan (GoP) has extended humanitarian relief assistance for the Avalanche affectees as a gesture of solidarity with the Afghan brethern.

In compliance with the directives of the GoP, National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) is dispatching two C-130 aircraft carrying 24 tons of humanitarian relief goods on 28th February 2015.

The relief consignment comprised of Non Food Items (NFIs) including Tents, Blankets, Chaddars, Stoves, Medicines, Daryyan as well as food items including water bottles and ration for the affected families.

Pakistan Army as per its traditional support extended prompt response with provision of tents, medicines, stoves and food items alongside liaison and coordination support to facilitate a time bound response while PAFs C-130 aircraft were provided on short notice.

12th February 2015

Training Workshop On Role Of Broadcasters In Emergency Warnings and Communications For Disaster Risk Reduction

Islamabad :

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A two day training workshop on “Role of Broadcasters In Emergency Warnings and Communications For Disaster Risk Reduction” has been organized by Pakistan Television Corporation at PTV Headquarters Islamabad from 12-13 February 2015. This activity is being organised in collaboration with Asia Pacific Broadcasting Union.

The objective of the workshop is to sensitize all disaster management related stakeholders in general and the media community in particular on the issues related to early warning and to build capacities on various aspects of disaster management system in Pakistan.

The workshop was attended by participants from Capital Development Authority, Earthquake Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Authority (ERRA), Pakistan Telecommunication Limited (PTCL), Radio Pakistan and National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) officials besides the officials from PTV and the Media..

This workshop will prominently focus on main subjects related to Climate Change, Regional Early Warning Systems and Communications for DRR, bridging the gaps in Communications for Early Warnings and DRR, Emergency Messages for response to disasters, Developing Action Plans for Disaster Preparedness for a proactive approach on real time information dissemination.

The key speakers included representative from Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD), Pakistan Red Crescent Society, Lt. Col Raza, Director Response NDMA, Ms Natalia Ilieva, ABU, Mr. Russell Isaac, Independent Consultant.

Managing Director PTV, Abdul Malik welcomed the participants and thanked NDMA for their contribution in the training workshop. He expressed hope that such sessions are useful to impart necessary knowledge, capacity, skill and information to the media persons about their role in disasters especially in early warning as it helps to build coordination and improve cooperation towards mitigation and various phases of disaster.

Addressing the opening ceremony as a Chief Guest Chairman NDMA, Major General Asghar Nawaz appreciated the initiative of PTV to sensitize the stakeholders on the importance of communication system in early warning and dissemination.

Stressing on the role of media as the key to implementing effective disaster prevention strategies in pre as well as in post disaster periods, he expressed that timely warnings by mass media about any impending disaster can lead to real time appropriate measures with active participation of communities and good coordination of all relevant stakeholders. He apprised the workshop that NDMA has also been striving hard to build a good synergy with Media and through National Institute of Disaster Management (NIDM) has also organized a number of training courses and workshops on “Disaster Reporting” for media professionals which NDMA shall continue organizing in future also. He acknowledged the support and cooperation of media community including PTV rendered during the recent disasters. He further emphasized upon a dire need for journalists /media persons and disaster managers and practitioners to interact more on the issue for more diligent working relationships in the aftermath of a disaster.

The workshop will be concluded on 13th February with distribution of certificates.

10 th February 2015

Post Flood National Review Conference

Islamabad :

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NDMA as part of its annual preparedness organizes a Post Flood National Review Conference annually to review efforts undertaken by all concerned stakeholders during monsoon season to further improve a well integrated disaster management system and coordination mechanism amongst all to ensure better preparedness in view of lessons learnt.

In this backdrop a Post Flood National Monsoon Review Conference 2014, was organized by NDMA at Prime Minister’s Office that reviewed the performance of various agencies/departments, challenges faced during monsoon 2014 and sharing of experiences.

The DGs and concerned Directors of all Regional and Provincial DMAs as well as representatives of other relevant departments including Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD), National Health Emergency Preparedness & Response Network (NHEPRN), National Highway Authority, SUPARCO, Federal Flood Commission (FFC), and Armed Forces attended the sessions.

Chairman NDMA, Major General Asghar Nawaz welcomed the participants and appreciated collective efforts and collaboration of all stake holders involved in preparedness and management phases during Floods 2014. He also emphasized on the need to further improve future coordination, preparations and ensure integrated planning at national level for the upcoming monsoon season as well as for better flood management.

NDMA gave detailed presentation on the overview of national monsoon contingency plan, rescue relief efforts, health interventions, lessons learnt and a road map of contingency planning process and preparation for Monsoon 2015. The Provincial and Regional DMAs and key departments also gave briefings on the measures being undertaken to address their weaknesses. The meeting deliberated upon key issues and the possible strategies and mechanisms to address the challenges of disaster risk reduction, improvement of seasonal forecasts and early warnings, urban and flash flooding, maintenance /repair of flood protection structures, need of removal of encroachments from waterways, capacity development of vulnerable districts and other related issues.

In the end, Chairman NDMA thanked all officials for their active participation in the conference and also stressed that in view of a resource constraint environment a focused approach is required with respect to timely early warnings, removal of encroachments on water ways/courses, repair and maintenance of flood protection works, provision and maintenance of flood relief equipment in order to ensure better preparedness. He also desired synchronized response towards better flood mitigation and management process and urged all stakeholders to adopt a proactive approach and commence with the preparations for the upcoming monsoon season.

10 th February 2015

INTERNATIONAL TRAINING COURSE ON DISASTER RISK MANAGEMENT A Component of Disaster Management – Confidence Building Measures (DM-CBM) Under Heart of Asia (HoA) Initiative (Istanbul Process)

Islamabad :

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Background: The Istanbul Conference for Afghanistan: Security and Cooperation in the Heart of Asia, held on 2 November, 2011 adopted a declaration and enlisted 43 Confidence Building Measures (CBMs) for implementation by Heart of Asia Countries, consisting of Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, China, India, Iran, Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Pakistan, the Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, The UAE and Uzbekistan.

Subsequently, the ‘Heart of Asia Ministerial Conference’ at Kabul on 14 June, 2012 decided to short list seven (7) CBMs for implementation in the first phase including Confidence Building Measure on Disaster Management. Pakistan and Kazakhstan were selected as the co-lead countries on this CBM and Afghanistan, China, India, Iran, Kyrgyzstan and Turkey agreed to participate in the implementation of the Disaster Management CBM. While Kingdom of Norway, Kingdom of Sweden, Denmark, France, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States and delegates from international and regional organizations including United Nations, NATO, the World Bank and the European Union announced to be the supporting countries and organizations.

Pakistan and Kazakhstan being co-leads developed an Implementation Plan for CBM on Disaster Management to serve as the platform for developing and implementing practical cooperation through activities and programs in the field of disaster management. Accordingly a “List of Activities” based on offers of support received from participating and supporting countries and organizations, was compiled for implementation.

As a part of the Implementation Plan, the then, Director General Afghan National Disaster Management Authority (ANDMA), Dr. Daim Kakar, along with members of his delegation paid a three day official visit to Pakistan as a state guest and as a part of the approved activity plan identified under the Heart of Asia (HoA) Confidence Building Measure on disaster management.

In line with the DM-CBM Implementation Plan, an “International Conference on Sharing Experiences and Developing Regional Hazard & Risk Picture for Joint Action Plans” under the “Heart of Asia” (Istanbul) Process was also organized in May 2014 by NDMA Pakistan with the support of Norway.

As an important component of the DM-CBM Implementation Plan to enable further cooperation between the countries and build on capacities National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) in collaboration with JICA is organizing a five days International Training Course on Disaster Risk Management for the Afghan Disaster Managers from February 10 – 14, 2015 at Islamabad Pakistan.

The objective of training course is to impart training and to develop necessary skills to officials from brotherly country Afghanistan with regards to DRR mainstreaming in disaster preparedness, mitigation, response and media management for saving lives and properties of people from natural and human-induced disasters.

In the above context the inaugural ceremony was attended by Chairman NDMA (Major General Asghar Nawaz), Director General (Afghanistan) Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), Deputy Director South Asia Division 2, JICA (Tokyo), Ambassador of Japan, Member DRR, NDMA (Mr Ahmed Kamal) besides other officials.

The key modules during five day training course are based on subjects related to an overview of risk profile and DM system of both the countries, Mainstreaming DRR into development planning processes such as water sector (Irrigation Flood and Drainage), Geo-technical Sector (Housing, Highways, Airports & Multi story structures), Health Sectors, Education Sectors, Gender and Vulnerable groups in disaster management, Climate risk management and adaptation, CBDRM, Contingency Pplanning – UN perspective, EW system, Fire safety/fighting Emergency Response Management, Role of media in DRM etc.

The key resource persons included Member DRR NDMA (Mr. Ahmed Kamal), Member Operations NDMA (Brig Ishtiaq Ahmed), Senior capacity building specialist NIDM (Brig (R) Sajid Naeem), Program Manager GCC NDMA (Ms Nyghat Siddiqui) Chief Meteorologist, PMD (Dr. Ghulam Rasool), Climate Change Expert, development Sector ,Former DG, PMD (Dr. Qamar uz Zaman Chaudhry), DRR Expert, Development Sector (Mubashar Hussain), NUST Institute of Civil Engineering (NICE), NUST Islamabad (Dr. Shakeel Ahmad), Deputy Director(PH), NHEPRN (Dr Samra Mazhar), Assessment Expert, Handicap International, Pakistan (Waheed Shah) Humanitarian Officer, OCHA, Pakistan (Brig Kamran Sharif) Programme Officer (Education), UNICEF (Syed Fawad Ali Shah), Incharge USAR Team CDA (Col (R) Ali Kazim Syed), Early Warning Expert, JICA, Pakistan (Tozawa Masanori), Syed Asim Raza (Anchor Person Such TV), Quatrina Hussain Karim (Anchor Person AbbTakk TV)

Addressing the inaugural ceremony as chief guest, Chairman NDMA extended warm welcome to the Afghan delegation on their arrival in Pakistan and hoped that the training course would help to establish a common understanding among disaster and development practitioners of Afghanistan and Pakistan to improve collaboration among various disciplines and integrate risk reduction considerations in development plans and decisions. He assured of full support for enhancing their capacities for timely response towards disasters and expressed desire that such trainings and allied deliberations would help in establishing and strengthening systems and mechanisms in DM-CBM participating countries. He also appreciated the DM-CBM supporting countries and organisations in extending cooperation to NDMA in its endeavours under the CBM. He also lauded Government of Japan and its technical agency (JICA) JICA for up front main collaboration to organize the training course that would help participants to understand importance of DM system and mainstreaming DRR into development process to chalk out action plans and enhance resilience in future programs at their national scale.

The honorable Chief Guest also appreciated the initiatives stating that it will help towards capacity building on disaster management system that would facilitate in sharing of experiences, exchange of workable modules and adoption of best practices for the mutual benefit of two countries. He hoped that such activities will further play role in streghening disaster management institutions and mechanism of Afghanistan bolstering resilience and reducing detrimental impacts of calamities in future and synergize efforts of the countries in the region to deal with the dangers posed by disasters. He also assured firm resolve of NDMA to support and assist brotherly country Afghanistan in enhancing its capacities within the entire spectrum of disaster management.

The training will be followed by group work on Community risk assessment and contingency planning to generate informative and pragmatic approch towards DM system. During the course of the training NIDM has also arranged study visits of the delegation to Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD), Rawal Dam and NDMA where the participnats of the training will be briefed about disaster management sytem, coordination and implementation mechanism of the respective organisations. The training will be concluded with the distribution of certificates, souvenirs and educational material to the participants on the final day of the training.

28 th January 2015

Sri Lanka Hands Over Ceylon Tea for TDPs

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The government of Sri Lanka has extended humanitarian relief assistance for the temporary displaced persons (TDPs) of North Waziristan Agency and has donated 14 cartons of Ceylon tea to National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA).

On behalf of the Government of Sri Lanka, the relief was handed over by the Sri Lankan High Commission (H.E Air Chief Marshal (Retd) Jayalath Weerakkody) to Member Operations NDMA, Brig Ishtiaq Ahmed at Sri Lankan High Commission, Islamabad. Director Response NDMA (Lt. Col Raza) and AD Logistics NDMA were also present on the occasion.

Member Operations NDMA appreciated the Government of Sri Lanka for their concern and generosity as this gesture was a symbol of strong ties between the two countries.

The commissioner also lauded NDMA for its role during various disasters across the country. The relief will be handed over to concerned authorities for further distribution amongst the TDPs.

13th January 2015

Paintings Exhibition on the eve of 4th Pakistan Mountain Festival

Islamabad :

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In order to commemorate the International Mountains Day, a live painting competition entitled “Mountains and Water” was organized by Development Communications Network (DEVCOM-Pakistan) in collaboration with Lok Virsa as a closing event of 4th Pakistan Mountain Festival in connection with the at Lok Virsa Heritage Museum, Shakarparian, Islamabad.

The exhibition was inaugurated by Chairman NDMA, Major General Muhammad Saeed Aleem. Speaking on the occasion, Chairman NDMA appreciated the participation and engagement of youth and educational institutions to portray the environment and climate change issues through art. He lauded their efforts for successfully reflecting their thoughts about sustainability of mountains and water and its nexus with life that is undoubtedly very crucial for the survival of life. He hoped that this exhibition will inspire and sensitize the youth to be more vigilant about nature and its conservation.

The art works were produced during a live painting competition arranged on 11 December that is celebrated every year with regards to the International Mountains Day. Around 67 high quality paintings reflecting environmental and biological diversity were put on display at the Lok Virsa Heritage Museum.

In the end the Chairman NDMA also distributed prizes among the winners of the painting competition.


7th January 2015

Workshop On Developing a Disaster Risk Insurance Framework for Pakistan

Islamabad :

PictureThe Government of Pakistan (GoP) is striving to improve the disaster management system in the country and taking various measures to introduce initiatives to alleviate the sufferings of the disaster affectees. One of such initiative proposed in line with the approved National DRR Policy is Development of a National Disaster Risk Insurance Framework with the aim to provide disaster insurance to the poorer and the vulnerable and promote their resilience by increasing their response preparedness so that they quickly recover from the damage caused by natural disasters.

The Munich Climate Insurance Initiative (MCII) together with its consortium partners i.e. Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) have been engaged with National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) for the development of a robust approach that envisages the National Disaster Insurance Fund’s operationalization as well as setting up of an insurance strategy to serve the target communities. Lead Pakistan is providing the interactive role among NDMA and the Project Partners.

This project will be conducted under two phases respectively. The primary objective of the first phase of the project concerned itself with clarifying and refining project goals with direct partners and conducting an in-depth situation analysis to fully understand the underlying premise, needs and expectations of its stakeholders for an insurance fund as a climate risk transfer mechanism. The overall objective of the second phase is to define the high level terms of reference for the establishment and operation of the fund. The further refinement of the preferred fund design option and initial interaction of the accompanying insurance strategy will be made in close consultations with the relevant departments/ministries/divisions of Government of Pakistan, and CDKN. These steps will set the stage for the product design and piloting during a potential phase three.

In this regard, a one day Inception Workshop on Developing a Disaster Risk Insurance Framework for Pakistan was organized by NDMA and CDKN at Serena Hotel, Islamabad today. The workshop was attended by all relevant stakeholders including representative from Benazir Income Support Program (BISP), Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund (PPAF), PARC, SECP, SUPARCO, PDMAs etc. The main purpose of the workshop is to provide an overview to the first phase of activities to key project stakeholders and introduce the activities of the second phase, as well as to achieve the following outcomes: 1. To identify district(s) for piloting the proposed insurance solutions 2. To refine the proposed fund design after consultations with relevant stakeholders and secure NDMA’s approval

The workshop discussed
(i) review of Phase 1 and path towards Phase 2,
(ii) Disaster Risk Financing and Insurance – global experiences and lessons for Pakistan,
(iii) Details of Phase 1: Developing a Disaster Risk Insurance Framework for Pakistan – Recommendations for a Viable Fund Design by Dr. Koko Warner, Executive Director, MCII respectively,
(iv)Towards Phase 2: Planning for Demand Study; hazard and location selection by Mr. Usman Qazi, DRR Expert and Mr. Julien Oliver, Senior Water Resources Expert, DHI respectively.

In his opening remarks Member DRR, NDMA welcomed the participants of the workshop and conveyed that Pakistan due to its diverse topographic and demographic settings is vulnerable to a host of natural and human-induced hazards. Hydro meteorological disasters in the country, mostly induced by the Climate Change phenomenon, have not only become more unpredictable but their frequency increased manifold. The economic and social losses caused by these disasters in Pakistan run into billions of dollars. Since the year 2010, the economic losses are more than US$ 16 billion.

After day long detailed deliberations and with the consensus of all the participants including the participating representatives from PDMA (Punjab, KPK) and SDMA, it was agreed that the Demand Study will be conducted for Charsada (KPK) & Poonch (AJ&K) for flash floods, Bahawalnagar (Punjab) for flash flood & drought and Tharparkar (Sindh) & Ziarat (Balochistan) for drought. The Study will commence in the on-going first quarter of 2015 and is expected to be completed by October 2015. For effective and consultations based outcome Member DRR, NDMA, recommended the following steps for the project execution:
i) Steering Committee comprising all stakeholders for project review/monitoring;
ii) Sharing of proposed Survey Instrument/Template with the Steering Committee by the Project Team for its fine tuning and further consolidation of inputs;
iii) Project Team to submit: a) Inception Report, b) Mid Term Report, c) Draft Final Report and d) Final Report (based on the inputs of Steering Committee on Draft Final Report);
iv) Consultations to be organized atleast for items a) to c) in Sr No. Iii) above to have a well prepared outcome for further action(s)

The meeting ended with the vote of thanks.

 

 

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