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Monsoon rains: Chitral declared high-risk area

PESHAWAR: The Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) has developed the Monsoon Contingency Plan-2021 wherein it has declared eight districts of the province as high-risk areas for the upcoming rainy season.

The high-risk districts are: Charsadda, Dera Ismail Khan, Shangla, Upper Dir, Nowshera, Swat, Chitral Upper and Chitral Lower, according to a statement issued here.

The monsoon contingency plan has been prepared in consultation with the relevant stakeholders, including the district administration, provincial and federal line departments and development partners.

According to PDMA director general Sharif Hussain, natural disasters caused massive losses to people’s lives, livelihoods and properties, which retarded economic growth. 

Under the contingency plan, the PDMA makes efforts to minimise the losses likely to be caused by natural disasters,” he said.

The DG said that PDMA being cognizant of the importance of monsoon preparedness had worked out a contingency plan to minimise the impending disaster risk within the province through formulation of a comprehensive plan and its effective and efficient implementation.

For formation of the plan, tools for data collection were developed and shared with all the stakeholders, including information regarding district/sector-specific hazards and vulnerability profile, hazard impact, damages, compensation paid, resource mapping, need assessment and coordination.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa faced various natural calamities in the past decades, including earthquakes, floods, locust attack and the ensuing pandemic of Covid-19, which strained its thin resources and had put enormous pressure on the economy as well as lives and livelihood of the people.

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