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News 2014-15

27st February 2015

Thunderstorm rain expected at Karachi, Hyderabad and Mirpurkhas divisions

Karachi


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Met Office informed that thunderstorm rain (snowfall over the hills) with occasional hail storm is expected at scattered places in lower parts of the country (Makran, Kalat, Karachi, Hyderabad and Mirpurkhas divisions) from Saturday (night) to Monday (morning) while in upper parts of the country including Islamabad (Rawalpindi, Sargodha, Faisalabad, Sahiwal, Gujranwala, Lahore, Malakand, Mardan and Hazara divisions), upper FATA (Bajaur, Mohmand, Kurram, Orakzai & Khyber agencies), GB and Kashmir from Sunday (night) to Tuesday.



26st November 2014

Sindh Humanitarian Coordination (SHCM) Meeting

Karachi


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Sindh Humanitarian Coordination Meeting (SHCM) held at PDMA Office Karachi on 26th November 2014, to analyse drought situation in Sindh, Prospective of government and humanitarians and Response to drought situation by the government and Humanitarians.

All organizations presented their intervention in detail, which is listed below:-

    MUSLIM AID PAKISTAN/PHF:

  • Primary Health Care Unit in village Chechari, Taluka Islamkot
  • Free of cost medicines
  • Ambulance service
  • Distribution of food packs at Mithi, Chacharo & Islamkot
  • 1000 imported solar cookers
  • 10 wells & 50 hand pumps in Islamkot

  • WHO:
  • Provision of equipment to district
  • EMOC and Neonatal facility/care
  • Ultrasound machine, incubator etc.
  • Clean delivery kits
  • Equipment and Trainings with ref to Disease Early Warning System (DEWS)
  • Technical and material Support to Sindh Health Department

  • UNICEF:
  • Survey/screening of 97,201 children and 42061 PLWs
  • Provision of mono-nutrients
  • Treatment of +5000 children at OTP
  • Provision of supplies to Stabilization Centre at DHQ Hospital Mithi
  • Training of health care workers
  • SMART Survey in March 2014
  • Support to LUHMS by providing nutritional supplements for women and children

  • WFP:
  • Cash-to-Work for 1000 individuals at Tharparkar, 2757 at Umerkot and 2769 at Sanghar arid zones from Jan to July 2014
  • Planned Cash-to-work for a 79,200 cumulative participants for the above three areas, inclusive of 43,200 from Tharparkar from Nov to April 2015

  • FOOD SECURITY COORD:
  • Agricultural inputs to 1775 households
  • Food assistance to 46824 households
  • 262780 livestock treated
  • 3731 households were provided support for sustaining their livestock
  • Multiple soft interventions

21st October 2014

Meeting with NHA regarding identification of breaching points and construction of culverts at Lyari Express way.

Karachi


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PDMA Sindh convened a meeting with National High Way Authority officers and Project Director Lyari Express Way on 21st October 2014 to resolve the issue of identification of breaching points at N-65 Dera Murad Jamali and construction of culverts at Lyari Express way.

These issues were raised in Post Monsoon 2013 Conference at GHQ and at NDMA.

NHA representative informed the Director General PDMA that by pass at N-65 at Dera Murad Jamali have been completed and culverts are already functional across the length of Lyari Express way.


13th September 2014

Flood 2014 updates

Karachi

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The Director General PDMA, Syed Salman Shah while speaking to media informed that as per the Hydrological situations the flood warnings of high to very high were issued to the districts of Ghotki, Kashmore, Larkana, Shikarpur, Sukkur and Khairpur with the directions to evacuate the peoples from Katch areas.

The DG PDMA further informed that he along with Director (Finance & Admin) and officers is present in the flood prone areas of Guddu and Sukkur barrages and established the camp office at Sukkur.

Director General, PDMA today visited Sukkur, Ali Wahan Bund along with the Deputy Commissioner, Sukkur. Then after DG PDMA left for District Khairpur where he visited Ulra Jagir Bund at Zero Point and Jabar Shank Bund along with Deputy Commissioner Khairpur where the works of the bunds were reviewed.

Yesterday the DG PDMA along with the Commissioner, Larkana visited Nusrat Loop Bund and Shahani Bund at Larkana district. In district Kashmore they visited new/old Tori Bund and Guddu Barrage and showed satisfaction on the rehabilitation works carried out on the scheme. Besides this the DG PDMA visited Qadirpur Loop Bund and Shank Bund in Ghotki.

At the same time, relief efforts are underway for the people have been evacuated from Katch areas.


11th August 2014

MEETING ON BEACH SAFETY MEASURES

Karachi

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In the wake of incident on Eid-ul-Fitr in which 38 people lost their lives. The beach safety measures reviewed by the committee chaired by the Director General PDMA Sindh.

Following interventions were reviewed:-

  • Conduct studies of all the beaches of Karachi
  • Legislation
  • Implement Worlds best practices used for beach safety
  • Warning Mechanism through Pakistan Met
  • Establishment of Central and Departmental Control Rooms
  • Beach Patrolling by all concerned departments/ authorities
  • Identification of tidal waves and Sea Patron
  • Deployment of buoys/ marking of area
  • Number of lifeguards to be increased
  • Establishment of Watch Towers as practiced internationally
  • Roll of NGOs
  • Advocacy through print and electronic media
  • The next meeting of the committee is scheduled on 22nd August, 2014


18th June 2014

PDMA Sindh team deployed at Sehwan Sharif

Sehwan Sharif

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762nd Urs of Hazrat Lal Shahbaz Qalandar is being celebrated at Sehwan Sharif, Sindh. Taking into account the harsh climate and scorching heat, the PDMA Sindh has deployed a team at Sehwan Sharif and established a camp to serve cold water and drinks (Sharbat) to the participants and ensure availability of drinking water and ice to facilitate the participants of Urs celebrations. Required medicines for the hospitals in close surroundings of Sehwan Sharif has also been made available at the camp and PDMA Sindh is in close coordination with the District Administration, the hospitals and the organizers of the Urs celebration to provide any kind of assistance to them .


11th June 2014

A One-Day Monsoon 2014 Consultative Conference

Karachi

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PDMA Sindh organized a One-Day Monsoon 2014 Consultative Conference to evaluate the state of preparedness and finalize a strategy aimed at minimizing losses with adequate preparedness and response measures in place.

Addressing to the participants of “Monsoon 2014 Consultative Conference”, organized by Provincial Disaster Management Authority at a local hotel on Wednesday, the Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah urged that on the issue of disaster management, the concerned departments should complete their preparations for the monsoon season in order to avoid flood situations of 2010 and 2011. He urged people to join hands with Sindh government for rescue and rehabilitation of flood affectees. He said that the province had faced massive flooding in 2010 which affected almost 7 million people while after floods in 2011, the province had to look after 9 million displaced people.


Minister for Rehabilitation Makhdoom Jameeluz Zaman said that provincial government was taking steps to avoid floods in 2014. “On the direction of PPP Co-Chairman Asif Zardari, Sindh government will bring legislation to remove zamindari bunds, which were a major cause of floods during last several years.” He also asked the chief minister to form relief committees at district level to carry out relief activities in case of any flood.


Chief Secretary Sindh Mr. Sajjad Saleem Hotiana also addressed the participants and urged all departments to coordinate with each other to devise a joint strategy to counter the situation before and after floods.


Director General PDMA Syed Salman Shah said that with consultation of all districts across the province, PDMA had devised a strategy in case of flood in 2014. “Under this strategy, PDMA has asked provincial government to provide sufficient funds to each district in Sindh for relief activities, while relief stores will be placed at Sukkur, Karachi and Hyderabad”,
He said that the Sindh government had already released funds to PDMA for relief activities, which would be sufficient to provide immediate relief to 50,000 families for upto early recovery phase. The District Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) committees were formed in each district, which would be headed by deputy commissioners. “All goods at relief centres will be at the disposal of deputy commissioners after flood, who would be able to carry out relief activities in their concerned areas,” he said.


The representative of Commissioner Karachi said that there were 3 river beds, thirteen big nullahs and 250 small drainage lines in the metropolis, which was insufficient to face heavy rains and urban floods. He said that in terms of long-term planning to resolve the issue, a mega drainage system was planned by the city authorities, however, removal of encroachments, imposition of ban on dumping wastage in nullahs and other several steps were taken to avoid flooding in the city. A control room would be established at Commissioner office, where representatives of Karachi Water and Sewerage Board, K-Electric and Sindh Building Control Authority would address any complaints in the city.


Other commissioners from Hyderabad, Sukkur, Larkana and Mirpurkhas also briefed the participants regarding measures taken by them for relief activities and material available and required by them for the rescue operation. The Pakistan Meteorological department officials said that there were chances of heavy rainfall in Sindh, however it would be 30 percent less than the previous year.


A Pakistan Navy officer Commander Murtaza briefed the audience regarding their contingency plan for relief activities. PN officer Agha Mumtaz said that operation Madad would be launched in case of floods in Sindh while an emergency response centre would be established at Coastal Headquarters to combat any emergency.


Secretary Irrigation department shed a light on steps being taken to strengthen embankments along the rivers. He said that after 2010 floods, 76 schemes to strengthen embankments were launched and they had successfully completed 71 of them"

09th June 2014

Up-Coming Event

A One-Day Consultative Conference

Karachi

PDMA Sindh is organizing a One-Day Consultative Conference on Wednesday 11th June, 2014 to evaluate the state of preparedness and finalize a strategy aimed at minimizing losses with adequate preparedness and response measures in place.

14th May 2014

Army Pre Flood Conference

Islamabad:

The Army Pre-Flood Conference held at Islamabad to review measure taken for flood preparedness. The conference attended by Mr. Akhlaque Ahmed Qureshi, Director Operation PDMA Sindh.

12th May 2014

Monsoon Contingency Planning

Karachi:

Monsoon Contingency Planning Meeting with relevant departments held at PDMA head office to review monsoon preparedness status.

30th April 2014

Monsoon Contingency Planning

Karachi:

Monsoon Contingency Planning Meeting with Karachi Division held at PDMA head office to review monsoon preparedness status.

28th April 2014

Monsoon Contingency Planning

Karachi:

Monsoon Contingency Planning Meeting with Mirpurkhas Division held at PDMA head office to review monsoon preparedness status.

24th April 2014

Monsoon Contingency Planning

Karachi:

Monsoon Contingency Planning Meeting with Hyderabad Division held at PDMA head office to review monsoon preparedness status.

21St April 2014

Monsoon Contingency Planning

Karachi:

Monsoon Contingency Planning Meeting with Larkana Division held at PDMA head office to review monsoon preparedness status.

18th April 2014

Monsoon Contingency Planning

Karachi:

Monsoon Contingency Planning Meeting with Sukkur Division held at PDMA head office to review monsoon preparedness status.

7th April 2014

THAR REHABILITATION CONSULTATIVE SEMINAR

Tharparkar:

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The Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA), Rehabilitation Department Government of Sindh with the collaboration of FPCCI organized a Multi Stakeholder Consultative Seminar on Rehabilitation plan for Drought affected areas of Thar on Monday 7th April 2011 at 10-00 am at Darbar Hall Deputy Commissioner Office Mithi.



Elected representatives, Government Officers, Representatives of U.N Agencies, NGOs working in Thar and Media representative participated in the Seminar. Government representatives presented their development plans and UN agencies and NGOs also shared their projects and experience on different projects in the Rehabilitation plan, amended and recommended in the light of sustainability, integration and impact on the life of the people of Thar.


On this occasion Mr. Taj Haider Coordinator to Chief Minister for Relief said that under the dynamic leadership of PPP and keen interest of the Chief Minister a critical phase of drought has been controlled and now we are working on effective rehabilitation of Thar through a sustainable rehabilitation plan.


Commander (R) Syed Salman Shah, DG PDMA shared that we are continuously monitoring the situation of Tharparkar, there is a dire need to take long term mitigation measures to support the livelihood sources of people in Tharparkar. Poor economic condition of people is also a root cause of drought in Thar.


The Secretary Rehabilitation Mr. Roshan Ali Shaikh while delivering his key speech said, that we want to involve all stakeholders in planning, execution and implementation of development projects in Thar Rehabilitated Plan.


Shaikh Mohammad Siddique the representative of FPCCI said we will make all possible help and technical support to the Government in carrying out welfare project which will be beneficial for Thar People.


Second round with Multi-stakeholder Committee will be held on the 14th in Karachi in Federation House FPCCI on which will be presided over by Chief Minister Sindh.


Earlier, Director General PDMA Sindh Syed Salman Shah has highlighted the efforts of Chief Minister Sindh in providing early support to PDMA, in regard to provide food item and other neceaaary/essential commodities of common people and allocated 484 Million.


The Deputy Commissioner Tharparkar Mr. Asif lkram has said that with the early and timely support of Sindh Government, Federal Government and others we achieve the target to provide food stuff amongst drought victims in all over the district, and health facilities in 6 talukas, he further said that there is a need of comprehensive Development Plan Thar is needed. Besides other, MNA Faqeer Sher Mohammad Bilalani, MPA, Dr, Khatu Mal Jeewan, Secretary Livestock Choudhri Zafar, Ex-MPA Gianchand, DRM Specialist G.M Abro, Dr. Choudhry lnayat, Dr. Sono Khan khangharani, Hasar Foundation, SWFACO Arbab Nek Mohammad, Ali Akber Rahimoon, Mohammad Khan Mari and others representative of NGOs have delivered their speeches.

5th April 2014

Seminar on “Humanitarian Challenges in Urban Disasters”

Karachi:

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A seminar on “Humanitarian Challenges in Urban Disasters” organized by Pakistan Red Crescent Society (PRCS) Sindh with the support of International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC) in Pearl Continental Hotel Karachi. Mr. Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui, Commissioner Karachi was the Chief Guest.


The seminar addresses three key themes, the RESPONSE efforts to improve relief and recovery practice; the RESILIENCE building the capacity of a system, community or society potentially exposed to hazards to adapt; and the TRANSFORMATION fundamental change that results in the substantial reduction of a population’s vulnerability.


This seminar invites humanitarian aid practitioners, those in government and designers from spatial/physical disciplines to explore ways to improve actions before and after disaster.


The representatives presented their papers, including Niaz Siddikki, former IG of Sindh on Reducing Social Vulnerabilities to Urban Disasters; Sardar Sarfraz, director of Regional Metrological Dept Karachi on Threats of Costal Disaster to Urban Settings; Mohammad Ahmed of the Civil Engineering of the NED University on Earthquake Risks; Ikhlaque Qureshi, director of Operation of PDMA Sindh on Role of Govt in Urban Disasters; Shakeeb Ahmed, head of Implementation Unit Rescue 1299 on Coordination Network During Emergencies / Responses; Ralph from ICRC on Role of ICRC in Urban Disasters; Dr Saif ur Rehman; Tariq Moeen, deputy general manager, of Emergency Response and Planning Department of PIA and Convener of Disaster Management Committee Red Crescent Sindh on Aviation incident Management in Urban Disasters


Director operation Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) Sindh, Mr. Akhlaq Ahmed Qureshi said urban population is increasing day by day in Pakistan, especially in cities like Karachi, Lahore, Faisalabad and Islamabad, but no planning had been made to resolve issues emerging in cities with the increase of population.

He said no mechanism had been introduced in the country to deal with urban disasters and its related challenges.

He said there were different types of disasters, like environmental, natural and man-made.

11th March 2014

PDMA Sindh established Camp Office at Tharparkar

Karachi:

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The Camp Office of PDMA Sindh, which is established at Tharparkar District Headquarter at Mithi is fully operational since the last 4 days and is in coordination with the District Administration Tharparkar for relief activities.


9th March 2014

Chief Minister (CM) Sindh along with DG PDMA visited affected areas of Thraparkar

Karachi:

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Today, the Honorable Chief Minister (CM) Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah along with Director General, PDMA Sindh Commander (R) Syed Salman Shah and the Relief Committee and local selected representatives visited the different affected areas of Tharparkar district. A meeting was also held under the CM’s chairmanship in which all the concerned officers were also present.


8th March 2014

PDMA team at Tharparkar

Karachi:

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PDMA’s team, led by Director General PDMA, Sindh Commander (R) Syed Salman Shah and having two Directors and two Deputy Directors are in Tharparkar district to assess the drought situation and to ensure an effective distribution of the relief goods..


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