7. Structure of disaster management in Pakistan
Natural hazards and disaster management in Pakistan
(CNN) -- The U.S. response to the increasing natural disaster in Pakistan is, like so much else when it comes to American relations with that country, too little and too tentative.
Table 3: Major Natural Disasters in Pakistan
Despite establishment of this organisation assigned with apparently multifarious tasks, disasters in Pakistan are hardly managed effectively. Its preparedness and response during recent floods were found inadequate. For 10 days, the flooding was only in this province. But we didn't hear from the NDMA and nor did we see any NDMA official. No one even contacted us, said Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Information Minister Iftikhar Hussain.
On 26th October this year, thirty six trapped Chilean mine workers were rescued by drilling a deep hole into the mine. A month later, twenty nine mine workers in Newzeland died after remaining trapped for days in a mine. Poor disaster management cost precious lives. In Pakistan, too, Disaster management is not up to the mark. Be it the devastating earthquake, the catastrophic floods, the outbreak of fires or the aftermath of bomb blasts, the management was very poor. Certain measures like National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA), and Rescue 1122 were taken but none has borne fruit yet. Lack of funds, scarcity of men and machinery, lack of awareness and preparedness of general public, hard demography, negative role of media, and delocalization of disaster management centers has added to the calamity of disasters. A realistic approach, proper training to workers and public, localization of disaster management centers, public awareness programs and positive role of media must be ensured for the proper disaster management in Pakistan.Day and Night I put myself on the ground thinking about the dreadful calamity brought by a natural disaster in Pakistan which was hit by a powerful Earthquakes that claims lives and damage properties. When I imagine the earthquakes, I see situation and hear the voice of the victims that in need of help and Support and my heart has felt pain that made me stand for helping the needy victims.The ICRC focuses primarily on fighting-affected communities, but the scale of recent natural disasters in Pakistan, especially the devastation caused by the 2010 monsoon floods, means that everyone has to help. We maintained our support to more than 200,000 people displaced by fighting throughout 2010, while working with the PRCS to help over two million flood victims. We conducted months of relief operations in every province in Pakistan except the northern areas, and then shifted to helping people resume farming in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Balochistan and Sindh. Now, almost 12 months on, many of the subsistence farmers we helped have already harvested their first crop, and have a head start on getting back to normal life.