Is Pakistan prepared to combat disasters?

06:07 PM | 15 Oct, 2020
Is Pakistan prepared to combat disasters?
Is Pakistan prepared to combat disasters?
Is Pakistan prepared to combat disasters?
Is Pakistan prepared to combat disasters?

During the last 15 years, Pakistan has been hit by several natural disasters including earthquakes, flash floods, torrential rains, urban flooding, and changing weather patterns. This has resulted in serious and immeasurable damage, affecting human life, property, farmland and livestock. Thus, the International Day for Disasters Reduction serves as a reminder for countries like Pakistan to evolve the right policies and take immediate action to address the threats to avert future challenges.

This day gives us an opportunity to rethink our approach towards disaster management and assess our capacity for the future. Despite millions having suffered due to natural disasters across the country, we still seem to fail to learn from our inaction and continue to remain in extreme vulnerability in the face of such calamities. It is time for us to take ownership as a nation to protect the vulnerable from these natural and man-made disasters with a proactive approach.

The first step is to prepare ourselves better including our routine lives, infrastructure, and system of the country to be able to deal with natural disasters, what is called risk assessment and planning. Secondly, we should work towards prevention strategies for such disasters on a long-term basis to minimize economic losses.

Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund (PPAF) is one such institution which has set up a specialized disaster management unit to provide planning relief and rehabilitation activities for peoples affected by natural calamities across the country.PPAF works not only in immediate disaster relief but also to ensure long term support through its livelihoods, health, education, infrastructure, disaster management and preparedness and credentials.

The organization has put huge resources on different rehabilitation projects across the country, which ultimately gives a lease of life to the vulnerable and allows people to come out of the vicious cycle of poverty. PPAF is implementing ‘Building Resilience to Disasters & Climate Change (BRDCC)’ project in eight districts across the country. The initiative is, co-­financed by National Disaster Risk Management Fund (NDRMF).

The project is designed to strengthen the readiness of the communities through establishing an institutional framework to mobilize communities, understand their special vulnerabilities to natural hazards, and design structural and non-structural measures. The intervention is expected to benefit vulnerable populations of more than 200,000 people through the construction of flood protection walls, with a cumulative length of 36 KM in a short span of time. It is also likely to protect cultivable land of around 4,000 hectares from flash floods and rainwater erosion in the target areas.

Similarly, PPAF has worked on another project in collaboration with KfW (German Development Bank) to build the capacity of communities in six districts of KP, namely Nowshera, Haripur, Swabi, Buner, D.I.

Khan, and Charsadda.The program helped in preventing the potential losses caused by the natural hazards through the formation of 164 Village Disaster Mitigation Committees and the construction of 26 disaster mitigation structures.

Moreover, PPAF’s work is also aligned with the vision of the National Disaster Risk Policy (2013), which says: “A Pakistan that continuously builds up its resilience to shocks from natural and man-made hazards” Pakistan has been hard hit by global warming and climate change, resulting in colossal damage to human life, property, farmland and livestock. From powerful earthquake to torrential rains, families and communities have suffered immeasurably. PPAF works not only in immediate disaster relief but also ensures long term support through its livelihoods, health, education, infrastructure support programs.

Pakistan needs to focus the ways to reduce the risk of disasters through a multi-pronged strategy mainly through the collaboration with the public and private sector. In this way, we can sustain the gains of economic growth and reduce poverty in a viable way that encourages every citizen and government to take part in building more disaster-resilient communities.

The writer is a Karachi based journalist and can be reached at 


Pakistani rupee exchange rate to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 27 Feb 2024

Pakistani currency remains largely stable against US dollar in the open market on February 27, 2024 (Tuesday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.4 for buying and 282.3 for selling.

Euro currently stands at 303 for buying and 306 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 351.5 for buying, and 355 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 76.7.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 27 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.4 282.3
Euro EUR 303 306
UK Pound Sterling GBP 351.5 355
U.A.E Dirham AED 76 76.7
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.2 75
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 742.91 750.91
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209
China Yuan CNY 38.82 39.22
Danish Krone DKK 40.56 40.96
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.7 36.05
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.10 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 905.46 914.46
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.49 59.09
New Zealand Dollar NZD 173.05 175.05
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.36
Omani Riyal OMR 725.54 733.54
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.74 77.44
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 27.04 27.34
Swiss Franc CHF 317 319.5
Thai Bhat THB 7.76 7.91


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