Preparing for emergency

Sidrah Roghay October 18, 2015

As Pakistan observed the 10th anniversary of the devastating earthquake which wreaked havoc in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Azad Kashmir, the Sindh government is contemplating to introduce a comprehensive section on disaster management in its school curriculum — as natural disasters are becoming a routine affair in the province.

The National Disaster Management Authority in Sindh is working on a curriculum to help people make the right decisions in crisis situations to stay safe (Image via The News)
The National Disaster Management Authority in Sindh is working on a curriculum to help people make the right decisions in crisis situations to stay safe (Image via The News)

Since past five years, the most recurring calamity to hit the province is floods, which render millions homeless and damage livelihood worth billions of dollars. Last summer, a heat wave struck the provincial capital Karachi, killing over a 1000 people in a span of four days. Recurring droughts, minor earthquake jolts have also become common in the last one decade.

Mansoor Raza, an independent researcher who studies mega cities, points out that schools run under the Aga Khan management in the quake-affected areas remained safe because they were designed taking the environment into account.

On Karachi’s infrastructural mis-planning, he says that certain neighbourhoods in the city cannot tackle a massive fire incident. If fire erupts, God forbid, vehicles carrying water aid won’t be able to reach these areas and the casualty will be enormous.

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