Governor for mainstreaming disaster management
PESHAWAR, Nov 8: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Barrister Masood Kausar has stressed the need for mainstreaming the process of disaster management in regular development planning rather than handling it in isolation.
He also urged the need of efficient coordination among respective organisations and institutions to avoid vulnerability. The governor expressed these views while addressing the concluding ceremony of a three-day disaster preparedness and management exhibition held under the aegis of the disaster management centre of the University of Peshawar on Thursday, according to a press release.
The governor eulogised the successful holding of disaster management exhibition under the aegis of Peshawar University and said no effort would be spared to ensure risk and disaster free life in the country especially in this province.
The governor assured to help provide satellite weather radar system as soon as possible. The flood havoc of 2010 warrants the need that the province must have an early warning system and the government needs to play proactive role in management of disasters, he emphasised.
In all more than 48 national and international organisations displayed their products and research findings in the exhibition.
The concluding ceremony was also addressed by the vice chancellor of the University Prof Qibla Ayaz and the chairman of the disaster management centre Prof Amir Nawaz Khan.
Stressing the need for promotion of awareness, Mr Kausar pointed out, “let us not leave everything to be tackled by the government, rather the educational institutions right at the primary level need to be involved towards promotion of awareness and educating the people”.
According to an estimate, he added, we have suffered economic losses worth 40 billion US dollars due to natural disasters since independence especially because of earthquakes and floods.
Referring to precautionary measures, he said the challenges of poor construction practices; lack of land use planning; inefficient early warning system; shortage of professional human resource base; lack of awareness and limited capacity had to be tackled as top priorities.