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Chairman NDMA re-elected to the Governing Council of Asia-Pacific Center for Development of Disaster Information Management (APDIP)

Islamabad; 19th June, 2019:

Chairman NDMA re-elected to the Governing Council of Asia-Pacific Center for Development of Disaster Information Management (APDIP)
Chairman NDMA Lt. General Muhammad Afzal has been re-elected to the Governing Council of Asia-Pacific Centre for Development of Disaster Information Management (APDIM). Election to the APDIM and SIAP were held during 75th Session of the Commission at the United Nations Conference Centre in Bangkok. Owing to the active lobbing efforts made by Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Embassy of Pakistan in Bangkok, Pakistan secured highest number of vote in APDIM election.
Pakistan has also been re-elected to the Governing Council of Statistical Institute for Asia Pacific (SIAP).
The Governing Council is the apex decision making body of the Centre. Pakistan’s representation in the Governing Council of APDIM will enable alignment of its priorities underlined in the National Disaster Risk Reduction Policy and National Disaster Management Plan (NDMP) with the products and services of the Centre. This will also offer opportunities to Pakistan to give input in regional initiatives of the Centre in various meeting of UNESCAP Committees and APDIM Sessions.
The Governing Council for the Centre consists of the representatives from Government of Islamic Republic of Iran and eight representative nominated from other member and associated member states of the Commission. The current Governing Council of APDIM comprises of members from Bangladesh, Cambodia, Fiji, India, Macao, China, Mongolia, turkey and Pakistan.
In May 2015, the United Nation Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) adopted in its resolution 71/11 establishment of the Asian and the Pacific Centre for the Development of Disaster Information Management (APDIM) in the Islamic Republic of Iran as a regional institute of the Commission. APDIM’s key aim is the build disaster resilience in the Asia-Pacific region through information management.

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Australia will support Pakistan in Drought Mitigation and Water Conservation

Islamabad; June 3, 2019:

Australia is willing to provide technical knowledge and support in drought mitigation and water conservation in Pakistan, especially in Balochistan and parts of interior Sindh. This was stated by Australian High Commissioner in Pakistan Ms. Margaret Adamson, who called on Chairman NDAM, Lieutenant General Muhammad Afzal in Islamabad on Monday. Ms. Adamson visited the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) along with her team and representatives of World Food Programme (WFP).

While welcoming Australian High Commissioner in his office, Chairman NDMA Lieutenant General Muhammad Afzal appreciated Australia’s humanitarian efforts in Pakistan. He, specially praised the standards of education and research at Australian Universities and noted that Pakistan and Australia could devise a mechanism for research and data sharing in areas of Climate Change, Disaster Management and Risk Mitigation. While emphasizing on the long term interventions, he said that rather than focusing on short-term relief and rehabilitation efforts, Disaster Management needed sustainable intervention for longer periods of time to build resilience and mitigate the vulnerabilities. He also highlighted that Community involvement was vital for Disaster Management, which could be ensured through strengthening District Disaster Management Authorities (DDMAs).

The visiting High Commissioner congratulated Chairman NDMA on his new appointment and expressed her desire to exchange knowledge and experiences and expand cooperation between the two countries for the long-term sustainable partnership in the areas of disaster risk mitigation.

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NDRMF TO FUND PKR 189.9 MILLION TO NDMA PROJECT OF MULTI HAZARD VULNERABILITY & RISK ASSESSMENT

Islamabad, 15th May 2019:

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The National Disaster Risk Management Fund (NDRMF) will fund Rupees 189.9 million to National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) project of Multi Hazard Vulnerability Risk Assessment. A Grant Implementation Agreement between NDMA and NDRMF was signed in this regards here on Wednesday afternoon.

NDMA will execute the Project titled “Multi Hazard Vulnerability & Risk Assessment (MHVRA) intervention in eight districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and seven districts of Balochistan provinces”. Under this Project, the NDRMF will grant 70% (amounting to PKR 189.9 million) of total project cost (PKR 277.7 million) to NDMA while 30% (amounting to PKR 87.9 million) of the cost will be borne by NDMA through its National Disaster Management Fund (NDMF). The MHVRA project is a part of the third priority intervention under the National Disaster Management Plan (NDMP) 2012-2020 and is aligned with many national & international commitments so as to meet the priority needs defined in the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (SFDRR) 2015-2030.

The project will span over a period of twenty months and will be executed by the Project Management Unit (PMU) of NDMA, which holds vast experience in carrying out risk assessment related studies across various districts of Pakistan. The Project will help to strengthen the disaster risk resilience of the study districts by reducing their vulnerabilities to impending natural hazards. The NDRMF was established to close the resource gap not only in the aftermath of disasters but also make investments in projects meant to mitigate the risk of disasters.

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NDMA-MCI SIGN MOU TO SETUP FIRE STATIONS AT MARGHALA HILLS
Islamabad, April 19:

National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) and Municipal Corporation Islamabad (MCI) signed a MoU on Friday to establish seven fire stations at Margallah Hills National Park to control forest fire. Lieutenant General Omar Mahmood Hayat HI (M), Chairman NDMA and Mayor of Islamabad Sheikh Ansar Aziz participated in the MoU signing ceremony.
While speaking at the occasion Chairman NDMA has said that besides destroying the green character of the Margallah Hills National Park, frequent fire incidents in the recent past caused a considerable damage to the flora and fauna of the area. He hoped that the establishment of seven fire extinction points at various locations at Margallah Hills will greatly boost the efforts for preserving natural environment and ensuring safe habitat for wildlife.
On the basis of this MoU, NDMA and MCI have mutually agreed to work together in controlling forest fires. According to the proposed plan initially seven fire control points will be established in two phases at the Margallah Hills, both in Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) areas. In the first phase five stations will be set up while the remaining two fire points will be established in the second phase.
NDMA being the lead Federal Agency to deal with the whole spectrum of the Disaster Management will endeavor to provide logistics support through various sources. However MCI shall be responsible to provide all necessary infrastructure and man power for on ground control and operation at these fire stations.

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NDMA dispatches humanitarian assistance to Flood-hit Iran.

Islamabad; April 10:

On the directives of Prime Minister Imran Khan, National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) has dispatched a load of over 32 tons humanitarian assistance to flood-hit Iran. The consignment comprising of two shipments contains 500 tents, 3300 blankets and emergency medical kits. The first shipment has already been dispatched to Iranian city of Ahwaz on Wednesday morning.

Iran has been hit by widespread flashfloods causing serious damages to public property and displaced thousands of people. As a brotherly country Pakistan decided to assist its neighbor Iran by sending humanitarian aid to supplement Iran’s own relief efforts. Pakistanis stand by their Iranian brethren at this difficult time

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Lieutenant General Omar Mahmood Hayat, Chairman National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) paid farewell visit to President Dr. Arif Alvi on Friday.

ISLAMABAD: April 5, 2019:

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Lieutenant General Omar Mahmood Hayat, Chairman National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) paid farewell visit to President Dr. Arif Alvi on Friday.

President Dr. Arif Alvi has conveyed appreciation for the excellent services rendered by Lieutenant General Omar Mahmood Hayat throughout his career.
He particularly praised his leadership role in strengthening Disaster Management Mechanism of the country   as Chairman National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA).

President wished the General the best for the future endeavours.

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NDMA Launches National Disaster Response Plan (NDRP-2019)

Islamabad, 29th March, 2019:

29-03-19 NDMA launched National Disaster Response Plan (NDRP-2019)

National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) has launched National Disaster Response Plan (NDRP-2019) on Friday. Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Engineer Ali Muhammad Khan was the Chief Guest at the launching ceremony.

In his remarks Engineer Ali Muhammad Khan has said that the Prime Minister’s vision for the future was very clear. He said that present government was well cognizant of the threats and challenges posed by the Climate Change and impending disasters. He emphasized that government was heading in the right direction to ensure a safer future to its citizen. He expressed his satisfaction over the fact that NDMA had developed elaborate plans and policies covering myriad potential natural and human induced disasters. He observed that preparation of NDRP-2019 was a very good step towards building a disaster resilient Pakistan. He appreciated the efforts of NDMA and assured government’s full support towards effective implementation of relevant plans and policies all over the Country.

While addressing the audience at the launching ceremony of NDRP-2019, Lieutenant General Omar Mahmood Hayat, Chairman NDMA has said that Pakistan since inception has undergone and handled multitude of devastating disasters, as a result over the period of time Disaster Management Bodies & the System itself has gone mature by contributing enormously towards making Pakistan a disaster resilient nation. He expressed his confidence that Disaster Management Bodies of Pakistan were in the process of becoming capable and ready to handle all types of disasters at short notice with minimum losses to human life.  He noted that NDMA had considerably enhanced its technical capabilities in forecasting and closely monitoring predictable hazards.

Earlier, Member Operations NDMA, Brigadier Mukhtar Ahmed in his presentation briefed the audience on NDRP-2019 and highlighted the salient features of the plan. He informed the audience that the revised National Disaster Response Plan (NDRP-2019) is updated version of NDRP-2010 and it has been formulated to cope up with the changes that have evolved over the years in environment and disaster management mechanism of the country.

NDRP-2019 has been prepared in collaboration with Asian Disaster Preparedness Centre (ADPC) under Pakistan Resilience Partnership (PRP).

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NDMA EXTENDS HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE TO RAIN EFFECTED PEOPLE IN BALUCHISTAN.

Islamabad; March 6, 2019:

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National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) on Wednesday, has handed over ten thousand food bags to the Baluchistan government as humanitarian assistance for the people affected by recent heavy rains and torrential floods there.

Lieutenant General Omar Mahmood Hayat, Chairman NDMA in response to the request of the Baluchistan Government has directed logistic directorate to immediately dispatch a consignment of ten thousand food bags to Baluchistan.  Eight thousand ration bags have been handed over to the Deputy Commissioner Uthal while remaining two thousand bags were given to the district administration Khuzdar. Each of these ration bag contained rice, ghee,  pulses, sugar, dry milk, tea, match boxes and other essential food item along with a 20 kg flour (Atta) bag each.

Earlier,  prior to the recent rains spell, NDMA had also dispatched non-food items to Baluchistan Government which included five thousand tents, over thirteen blankets, twenty thousand plastic mats, twenty five hundred buckets/bath tubs, three hundred tarpaulin and eighty water cooler to the Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) Baluchistan, as an advance precautionary arrangement.

 

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NDMA HOLDS NATIONAL CONSULTATIVE WORKSHOP ON DROUGHT MITIGATION

Islamabad the 21st January, 2019 :

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National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) holds a National Consultative Workshop on Drought Mitigation here in Islamabad. Deputy Chairman Senate Mr. Saleem Mandviwalla presided over the opening session of the workshop while President Arif Alvi participated in the closing session as a Chief Guest.

Lieutenant General Omar Mahmood Hayat, Chairman NDMA in his welcome address highlighted the aims and objective of the National Consultative Workshop on Drought. He sensitized the participants on sprawling effects of drought situation in Sindh and Balochistan and said NDMA has started consultative process to launching an effective response. “Today’s event eventually culminated the drought consultative process which NDMA started in October 2018 by organizing a seminar followed by meetings at Karachi on 30th and 31st October, 2018”, he continued.  Chairman NDMA said that the Consultative Workshop has enabled NDMA to grasp the ground reality and know exactly the extent and dimensions of the prevailing drought condition, its impacts on different sectors, relief provided so far and also helped us identify future needs.

Deputy Chairman Senate Saleem Mandviwalla assured his full support for mitigating drought like situation in Sindh and Baluchistan and said that Parliament can play a vital role towards resolving this important national problem.  Earlier, Brigadier Mukhtar Ahmed, Member Operations, NDMA gave a detailed overview of the drought situation in Sindh and Balochistan. Director Generals of Provincial Disaster Management Authorities (PDMAs) of Sindh and Balochistan gave comprehensive presentations on the drought situation in their respective provinces. These presentation covered all details including districts and population affected by prevailing drought like situation, scale of vulnerability of households, adverse effects on agriculture and livestock and the details of the relief measures taken so far. They also shared future needs of resources in order to cope up with such situation over an extended period of time.

The key objective of the National Consultative Workshop on Drought (NCWD) was to devise an
all-inclusive and well-coordinated immediate response plan, work out extent and nature of possible support from UN Agencies and humanitarian actors; and to formulate comprehensive National Strategy based on short, medium and long term sector-wise mitigation measures. Two rounds of thematic panel discussions were part of the workshop where DRM experts and practitioners shared experiences and exchanged knowledge to derive lessons and devise effective remedial measures to cope up with the situation. Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs, Eng. Ali Muhammad Khan chaired the Plenary Session, while Ms. Zartaj Gul, Minister of State for Climate Change presided over the Panel discussion.

The Workshop was attended by Senior Federal/Provincial Government Officials, Researchers, UN Resident Coordinator, Mr. Neil Buhne, representative of UN Agencies, Ambassadors and Diplomats, Disaster Risk Management stakeholders, Philanthropists and Academia.

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