Disaster Management Regime in Pakistan


Disaster Management Regime in Pakistan

Aftab H. Wahla

Disasters are inevitable. They are bound to strike in every country or region in the world. We cannot preemptively eliminate the ever-looming threats of devastations and destruction. What matters the most is the effectiveness of the disaster management system of the affected country. The way a state prepares for the disaster, responds to the calamity, mobilizes resources to mitigate its impacts, helps the affected communities recover from post-disaster traumas and assists the calamity-stricken people in rebuilding their lives, determines the overall quality of its disaster management system. By dint of geographical, socioeconomic and demographic factors, Pakistan is one of the most disaster-vulnerable countries in the world. This vulnerability warrants thorough discussion vis-à-vis the institutional capacity of Pakistan to effectively cope with various kinds of natural and manmade hazards.

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