Director General’s Message

Director General’s Message

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is vulnerable to many natural and man-made hazards including complex emergencies. During the last decade this province faced several major disasters including a devastating 7.6 magnitude earthquake in 2005, and massive floods in 2010 affecting the entire province. We also coped with complex emergencies with huge numbers of displaced persons like the Swat crisis. In 2015, we suffered further disasters with glacial lake outburst and flash floods in Chitral District and an earthquake which again affected Chitral as well as other northern areas of the province. These calamities have had a severe impact on life, livelihoods, crops, and livestock, creating great hardship for the affected communities. Schools, health facilities, roads, bridges, and other infrastructure have also been damaged or destroyed.  

The Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) – with support from government and international partners – is responsible for relief and rehabilitation of the population affected by all disasters. PDMA also has the lead responsibility to address the future challenges presented by disasters and climate change. PDMA’s vision is to achieve sustainable social and economic development by reducing risks and vulnerabilities from all types of natural hazards. We are totally committed to work with communities to build their resilience against future disasters.

The Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) activities of the PDMA are aligned to the Hyogo and Sendai Frameworks, and the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Disaster Management Road Map (2014-2019) which was developed to strategically plan the DRR needs of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The support of all stakeholders and partners has been of great assistance to the province and we look forward to continued support to assist us in achieving our goals.

 

Amer Afaq