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Letter: International Day for Disaster Reduction in Pakistan

International Day for Disaster Reduction is observed every year on 13 October to raise awareness about the homeless people that had been affected from disasters to support them. First it was held in 1989 to promote global culture of risk-awareness and disasters which includes disasters prevention, mitigation and preparedness. This day the people help children and young, girls and women, people living disabilities and the ageing population. In the past, Pakistan has suffered immensely from earthquakes.

The 2005 earthquake killed more than 73,000 people while another 3.5 billion found themselves to be homeless in Islamabad and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. In 2013 again, many areas in Balochistan were affected by the earth quake when 370 people lost their lives, also wounding 100,000 people.

The earth quake last year shook Khyber Pakhtunkhwa when more than 500 people died. Beside the earthquakes, the floods have also created destruction for the entire people. Millions of people are still living in makeshift shelters but the Disaster Management Authority has failed to fulfill its responsibilities.

It is government’s responsibility to ensure provision of funds to these victims so that they can soon be rehabilitated.

Sana Samad, Turbat

Published in The Balochistan Point on October 11, 2016

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