Coordination among institutions necessary for protections against natural disasters: Sherry Rehman

ISLAMABAD    -     Federal Minister for Climate Change, Senator Sher­ry Rehman on Tuesday said coordination among institutions involved in disaster management was necessary for protection against natural calami­ties. Addressing the opening ceremony of the Na­tional Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) simulation exercise to ensure the preparedness of the departments concerned to cope with impend­ing disaster risks in the coming summer season, the Minister said the NDMA, PDMA along with other organisations worked together in the rescue and rehabilitation of the disaster affected.

The Minister for Climate Change along with Chairman NDMA Lt. General Inam Haider Malik and Country Head WFP Chris attended the inau­gural session of 3-day long exercises and delivered opening remarks. In an effort to ensure the pre­paredness of Federal and Provincial departments for emergencies, NDMA has initiated a series of simulation exercises (Sim Ex) to assess the effec­tiveness of emergency response strategies and evaluate readiness in the event of a disaster. 

In this regard, NDMA conducted the first Sim Ex for floods and rain emergencies with the support of the Ministry of Climate Change, UNICEF and Welt Hunger Hilfe (WHH) from March 14-16 in Is­lamabad. Senator Rehman said there was a need to increase cooperation between various institutions to deal with disasters in the future. She added the first task after a natural disaster was to restore ba­sic infrastructure whereas no country could bear the loss of natural calamities on its own.

During the natural calamities, she said the friendly countries were the first to reach out for help. “Pakistan suffered massive losses due to floods. However, affected by glacier melt and heat­wave, the spring season is almost over,” Sherry Rehman added. The Minister underlined that cli­mate change was a big threat to human lives, add­ing, “Problems can be solved easily with mutual cooperation of institutions.” 

Minister Sherry Rehman called for a ‘whole of Pakistan’ approach leading to sustainable develop­ment for people and recovery in the aftermath of Floods 2022. She lauded the efforts by the NDMA’s relief operations during Floods 2022 and other emergencies. She emphasized on the importance of collaboration across government agencies, hu­manitarian organizations, civil society and the private sector for disaster mitigation and building a well-prepared Pakistan. Chairman NDMA high­lighted that the simulation exercises are part of NDMA’s Remodelled National Preparedness and Response System in Pakistan which will be repli­cated at the Provincial & District level.

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