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ICCI President urges to devise disaster risk management policy

ISLAMABAD: President of Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI) Mahfooz Elahi Thursday urged government to device a Disaster Risk Management Policy and to create awareness at a broader level to let people know for taking proactive measures to minimize risk.

“Disaster can happen at any time, anywhere and at any place in the world but preemptive measures, can save a huge human and material lose” he said while addressing a seminar at ICCI on Disaster Risk Management jointly arranged by National Engineering Services Pakistan (NESPAK) and ICCI.

He said in Pakistan proper contingency planning and strict law enforcement is needed to minimize disasters and after effects.

Advisor NESPAK Rana M.Daniyal, speaking at the occasion said that Pakistan is very much venerable to natural disasters and underlined the need of adopting risk management practices in line with the international standards.

Citing the example of recent massive flood in Australia, he disclosed, that due to adoption of proactive measures, only 25 casualties occurred.

Advisor was of the view that heavy tree cutting was creating environmental hazards and emphasized that it should be stopped for maintaining healthy environment.

Geographical hazards, expert Amir Sohail said that in Pakistan, 29 per cent of losses are due to food and 28 per cent losses are as a result of earthquake.

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