Disasters in Pakistan: An Overview and Assessment

A. AZIZ, A. R. MEMON, A. B. SHAIKH, J. A. MAHAR

Abstract


Disasters are natural phenomena that arise in different shapes such as earthquakes, floods, terrorist  attacks  etc. Whilst  it  may  not be possible to prevent a disaster in all cases, the affect of  disasters  on society can be minimized by undertaking proper measures to mitigate its impact and that can only be done when impact of disaster are properly determined through loss  estimation  exercises. This  paper  focuses  on  different types of disasters, specifically floods, earthquakes and terrorism that are faced by Pakistan and their impact on the people and economy of the country. The paper discusses the lack of data required to assess the losses accurately, highlighting the absence of importance attached to mitigating and relief activities from the federal and local authorities.

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