Peshawar: “A considerable portion of Pakistan, primarily Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has been struck by earthquakes and floods in recent past. Political unrest, extremism and militancy make matter worse. All these disasters manifest themselves in the form of millions of people dead, injured and crippled. To encounter these calamities, formulation of polices for Disaster Risk Reduction(DRR) is the need of time” said Mr. Yaseen Khalil Advisor to Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on relief & transport at Disaster Risk Reduction Day 2013.
United Nations observe October 13 as International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction DRR-Day. The objectives of the “International DRR-Day” are to spread knowledge about the importance of DRR and create awareness in communities for reducing risks to disasters. Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has decided to observe the DRR-Day, 2013 on October 8 instead of 13th in solidarity with the victims of 2005 Earthquake.
“Provincial Disaster Management Authority PDMA Khyber Pakhtunkhwa practically incorporated all DRR principles in reconstruction of damaged infrastructure in Malakand division which can be replicated as a model” said Mr. Atif Rehman, Director General PDMA Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Mr. Atif added “PDMA also prepare our Annual Monsoon Contingency Plan in consultation with all the stakeholders with a view to assess the resource need verses availability and subsequent placement of resources while at the same time defining roles and responsibilities of each and every department.”
The theme for DRR-Day 2013 was “living with disaster and disability”. Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) Khyber Pakhtunkhwa organized the event “International DRR-Day” in Nishtar Hall, in collaboration with CHEF International, HelpAge and IDEAS.