Awareness key to mitigate country's disaster-resilience, Mushahidullah
ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Climate Change Senator Mushahidullah Khan on Thursday said that promoting a national culture of public awareness about climate change-caused risks and disasters risk eduction is critical for helping people and communities mitigate their exposure to disasters they face now more frequently and with intensity.
“Protecting lives and livelihoods of the people, particularly in the country's disasterprone areas such as mountainous and coastal, through public awareness programmes and integrating disaster-resilience in public infrastructure development policies are inevitable to address poverty, hunger, mal-nutrition, food insecurity and recurring cost of repeatedly restoring public infrastructures,” the minister told media here in connection with the International Day for Disaster Reduction marked every year on October 13worldwide.
Highlighting the importance of the international disaster reduction day, the climate change minister said the day offers a great opportunity to sensitise public about viable techniques to reduce their vulnerabilities to climate change-induced disasters, particularly, land and river erosions, forest fires,, riverine and glacial lake outburst floods in the country.
“However, the role of the government, nongovernmental organisations and media is key to highlight importance of disaster risk reeducation in the country, which is ranked among the top ten most vulnerable countries to climate change-caused disasters, which have shown increase in frequency and intensity since 2010,” Mushahidullah Khan underlined.