Pakistan sets up authority to tackle natural calamities

June 16th, 2009 - 10:21 pm ICT by IANS  

Peshawar, June 16 (IANS) Pakistan has created a Disaster Management Authority to tackle natural calamities like earthquake, landslide, flood and drought in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), the Online news agency reported Tuesday.
The authority would devise ways for the management of disaster relief operations, the report said.

The governor of the North West Frontier Province (NWFP) will head the FATA Disaster Management Commission (FDMA).

Officials from the irrigation, health, education, rural, livestock and diary development departments, among others, will take part in the commission.

The law and order secretary will be responsible for immediate emergency response, coordination and deployment of search and rescue units. The official will also be responsible for providing emergency goods and compensation to the victims of the natural calamities.

The primary aim of the authority is to tackle calamities, reduce disaster risks and provide mitigation.

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