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August 27, 2010

Disaster management


August 27, 2010

PESHAWAR: Centre for Disaster Preparedness and Management, University of Peshawar and Livelihoods Programme, Inter-cooperation Pakistan on Thursday signed a Memorandum of Understanding for enhancing the existing working relationship to improve local capacity through training and research activities in the field of disaster management in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Under the MoU, Inter-Cooperation would provide learning opportunities to selected students of postgraduate diploma in disaster preparedness and management under which they would work as academic interns for getting field experience in disaster management.
The MoU was signed by director for Centre for Disaster Preparedness and Management Prof. Dr. Amir Nawaz Khan and Team Leader Livelihood Programme, Inter-Cooperation Pakistan, Shabbir Hussain, while Pierre Yves Suter, delegate of the Inter-Cooperation Pakistan and Vice Chancellor, University of Peshawar Prof. Dr. Azmat Hayat Khan were also present on the occasion.
Speaking on the occasion, the vice-chancellor said that since October 2005 several disasters hit the country, each one more fatal than the previous. He said the devastation caused by the floods had pushed the country on the back foot because it has affected each and every section of the society.
Dr. Azmat Hayat said the loss of precious lives and property could have been reduced had disaster preparedness and management system in the country been efficient. He added that Khyber Pakhtunkhwa had been badly hit by the floods and long-term future planning needed to be done to rehabilitate the affected people to control damage to life and property in the future.
Dr Amir Nawaz Khan said that aim of the centre was to start academic programme, offering training in the field and most importantly giving policy guidelines to the government for better disaster preparedness.
He said the centre in its limited resources was carrying out pilot survey of the most affected districts of Khyber

Pakhtunkhwa in the recent floods. “We also offer our volunteer services to the government for damage assessment and future policy survey,” he added.

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