The Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA), Khyber Pakhtunkhwa under the guidance of Relief, Rehabilitation and Settlement Department is working on monsoon contingency plan 2023 in consultation with all the stakeholders in order to identify Monsoon Hazards, Vulnerabilities, Risks and Resource mapping for minimizing disaster risks and timely coordinated response.
Contingency Plan outcomes reinforce prevention, mitigation and response to monsoon-related disasters. In this connection, a pre-planning orientation meeting was held with representatives of provincial line departments under the chairmanship of Director Disaster Risk Management PDMA Muhammad Amin.
On this occasion, Muhammad Amin said “we started the process of Monsoon Contingency Planning 2023 by involving all stakeholders and these series of meetings will be continued in the month of April and hopefully contingency plan will be developed by the end of May 2023. PDMA determined roles and responsibilities in monsoon plan for each department. Tools for data collection are developed and shared with all stakeholders including information regarding district and sector-specific hazards and vulnerability profile, hazard impact, damages, compensation paid, resource mapping, need assessment and coordination”.
He added that natural hazards and subsequent disasters caused massive losses to people’s life and livelihoods. He further said Khyber Pakhtunkhwa had faced a lot of financial and human losses due to floods in 2022. Due to the better strategy and presence of the system (Disaster Risk Management) in the provinces more than 400,000 people were shifted to safe places.
Climate change has increased the vulnerability, as weather patterns are shifting. The Monsoon Contingency Plan will categorize the district’s Vulnerability and Risk Assessment into very high, high, medium and low categories. The peculiar geography, terrain and natural resources make the Province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa vulnerable to a number of climate contingencies during both summers and winters.
Spokesperson PDMA Taimur Ali said that PDMA has initiated the process of introducing a proactive preparedness regime under guidelines established by National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) for streamlining response at provincial and district levels in coordination with all stakeholders.