The Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) has installed flood early warning systems at seven locations on different rivers and has been working on a monsoon contingency plan in consultation with all stakeholders.
The outcome of the contingency plan will strengthen the prevention, mitigation and response to monsoon-related disasters.
In this regard, a series of pre-planning and orientation meetings were held with representatives from the district administration, line ministries, federal and provincial universities and other partners.
PDMA Managing Director Sharif Hussain said monsoon contingency planning process has been initiated from 1st week of March involving all stakeholders and contingency plan will be developed from mid-May here.
Data collection tools are developed and shared with all stakeholders, including district information, sector-specific risk and vulnerability profile, risk impact, damage, compensation paid, mapping resources, needs assessment and coordination.
He added that natural hazards and resulting disasters have caused massive loss of lives and livelihoods.
Climate change has further increased vulnerability. The contingency plan will classify the districts’ vulnerability and risk assessment into very high, high, medium and low categories. The special geography, terrain and natural resources make the province of KP prone to a number of calamities during summers and winters.
According to PDMA Director of Disaster Risk Management Zuhra Nigar, PDMA has started the process of introducing a proactive preparedness regime in line with the guidelines established by the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) to streamline the response to disasters. provincial and district levels in coordination with all stakeholders.
Published in The Express Tribune, March 19and2022.