Disaster Management

KPK in general and northern areas in particular have been home to a number of natural disasters from time to time. These include, but are not limited to, floods, landslides, heavy snowfalls, and devastating earthquakes. Because of these disasters, people loose livelihoods sources, which are based on agriculture, livestock and poultry. Likewise, it also affects infrastructure, irrigation, drinking water and sanitation systems. Despite occurrence of frequent disasters in KPK including swat district, communities have no knowledge about disaster preparedness and mitigation. There have been no concrete efforts made to build capacity of communities to manage effects of disasters. The rescue, relief and rehabilitation operations are the only efforts made by public and private sector during and after disaster. The importance of these efforts can never be under-estimated but there is a great need to consider capacity-building needs of the local communities to mitigate impacts of the future disasters to prevent loss of precious human lives, livestock, and family and community assets. These losses can be averted if sound preparedness and efforts for disaster mitigation are taken. ORDER believes that disaster management is a cross cutting area and it should be in-built in all development projects undertaken by CBOs and NGOs working in this area.