30 September 2016, PESHAWAR: Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) Khyber Pakhtunhwa on Friday launched study on situational analysis of urban Disaster Risk Management (DRM) in provincial metropolis to avoid from natural disasters. The launching ceremony of study on situational analysis of urban DRM was held in a local hotel of Peshawar and was organized by PDMA with collaboration of CARE International in Pakistan and IDEA. The main purpose of the study to critically identify the situation of Urban DRM in Peshawar city of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. To understand and analyze the roles of existing government structures for urban DRM and to identify major hazards in urban settings and analyze how government prepared to respond to emergencies and crises in urban areas. According to a survey, during 10 year timeframe of the Hyogo framework for Action in 2005-2015, progress has been achieved in reducing disaster risk at local, national, regional and international levels. Over 7 million people have lost their lives, Over 1.4 million have been injured and approximately 23 million made homeless as a result of disasters. Addressing to the participants, Director PDMA Admin & H.R Muhammad Khalid said that Khyber Pakhtukkhwa is the most affected area by disasters like floods, earthquake, windstorms, heavy rain, occurred in many previous years. The study aims to provide the situational analysis of DRM in the urban area of Peshawar and a layout of advocacy efforts needed to ensure an effective disaster management strategy in urban community of Peshawar. The PDMA Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has listed Peshawar as highly vulnerable to floods in the last three consecutive Moonsoons Floods Contingency Plans. The flood zones falls between Kabul River and Budhni Nala form Warsak in the Northwest towards Southeast in the upper Northern half of the district. M. Khalid said. On the occasion, Shah Nasir gave brief presentation on the study on situational analysis of urban DRM in Peshawar. He told that the Local Government Self Assessment Tool (LG-SAT) was used to carry out the analysis for Peshawar. The study was initiated for better something. Emergency responses are quite difficult on Peshawar roads due to traffic jam. The survey 2013-14, said about 72 million people of Pakistan reside in urban areas. Bulk of the KP urban population 63% is concentrated in Peshawar. Nasir Shah added. According to the Planning Commission of Pakistan Annual Plan 2013-14, Peshawar is on the eighth ranked in the top ten urban centres.
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