Disaster risk reduction in Pakistan: Herculean task
Pakistan is endowed with abundant benevolence of Almighty Allah. The people of Pakistan proved their mettle in all fields around the world.
It is almost 74 years since the existence of Pakistan but due to myopic policies and bureaucratic faux pas, we can’t equip our disaster management department to the fullest.
We are unable to claim that vulnerable group like children, women and elders are safe on the land of hard earned Pakistan.
We have alternate electoral tenures of Civilian Governments and military Regimes as well but unfortunately, progress and political development is absent that is really sad story of Pakistan uptill now. We still are unable to manage and tackle the disaster situation happened anywhere.
The most distressing event occurs on 5th of October, 2021 when high rise building of Habib bank limited Faisalabad comprising 10 floors caught fire on the 7th floor and ravaged the part of building.
The efforts of rescue 1122 to douse the fire are commendable. The District Emergency Officer rescue 1122 Ihtisham Wala rendered extraordinary and extinguish the fire and saved the disaster that might be irreparable loss otherwise.
The disaster has drawn attention of all stakeholders to commit to save the nation in the distress and crisis situation.
The presence of fire extinguisher in all buildings, workplaces, homes and vehicles is mandatory. The glaring fact is that these rescue tools are absent in most of the buildings and vehicles that lead to disaster.
The rescue 1122, civil defense and fire brigade should arrange lectures in all departments and educational institutions to buttress the capacity of students, teachers and Govt servants to combat any distress and emergency situation.
The capacity building and training of fire fighting is sine-qua-non to safeguard the precious human souls and property as well.
It is need and requirement of the hour to develop on the lines of developed Nations to buttress the rescue services.
Though it is wishful thinking but I am sanguine about the ability and political will of incumbent Government to grapple with all disaster laden issues on war footing grounds.
Though the challenge is formidable but Pakistan has progressed a lot in disaster risk reduction (DRR) milestones. Last but not least , given the growing expansion of urban areas and sprawling cities, Pakistan needs rapid risk reduction initiatives . – PUNA