Pakistan most vulnerable country for disasters of climate change

NewsPakistan most vulnerable country for disasters of climate change

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: Pakistan is one of the most vulnerable countries in the world to face disasters like earthquakes and floods due to climate change.

According to a press release issued here Friday, United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Pakistan, Neil Buhne, and the head of the Agha Khan Foundation in Pakistan, Akhtar Iqbal gave these remarks during their visit to Chitral district on Friday.

Both types of disasters affected Chitral recently, the July flash floods, and the October earthquake that affected many parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Gilgit-Baltistan.

The main purpose of this visit was to understand the effects of floods and the earthquake on the people and development, besides to assess the needs for reconstruction efforts.

Neil Buhne said, “Pakistan’s vulnerability to both natural hazards and climate change has the potential to damage and delay development in the country.

However with good preparedness, planning and adequate measures, we can at least limit the loss to human life and development, he said.

This visit today highlights the importance of government efforts to provide relief to the vulnerable people, and also the significance of quickly following up with comprehensive reconstruction carried out in collaboration with the local communities, the press release stated.

Akhtar Iqbal said, “A stronger humanitarian-development link can help better assess the situation as well as the details for the extent of damages and how the local communities can be made more resilient to future catastrophes.

Together with the government and other stakeholders, we can help build stronger capacities to plan for, and respond to disasters. Shared commitment through engagement with key stakeholders can help prevent disaster-related humanitarian crises and protect development gains.”

The mission was led by Neil Buhne and other members, including UNDP Pakistan Country Director, Marc-Andr‚ Franche, Head of Office UNOCHA, George Khoury and the Executive Officer of Focus Humanitarian Assistance (FOCUS) Nusrat Nasab.

The mission met and interacted with the communities and the local government authority in Chitral. The analysis following this visit will contribute to the overall assessment prepared by the Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa that will be further discussed at a workshop with international development partners on December 10.

Source: APP

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