disaster management information system kp

Written by Paradigm Shift 12:18 pm Pakistan Unveiled

A Disaster Management Information System (DMIS) in KP

The risk of disaster in Pakistan is among the highest in the world and is primarily fueled by the country’s exposure to earthquakes, high levels of flooding, and drought. The Disaster Management Information System (DMIS) has been introduced in the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to ensure that disaster management authorities have quick access to the exact information that can be used to take instant action.
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The Disaster Management Information System (DMIS) has been introduced in the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), enabling better disaster management using contemporary management techniques to significantly reduce losses to infrastructure and human life.

For the development of this system, the Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) KP and the International Rescue Committee (IRC) have worked closely together. Additionally, Director General PDMA-KP, Sharif Hussain, spoke on the final day of a two-day comprehensive training session organized by the IRC for 52 PDMA field assistants and divisional reporting officers on January 26, 2023.

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Sharif Hussain explained that the Disaster Management Information System was developed as per the geographic contextual needs of KP. It entails comprehensive modules on incident reporting, relief management, monitoring of water levels in rivers, integration of weather updates with other information systems, and divisional reporting officers from across the province. He went on to say that the GIS component of the DMIS, which will allow PDMA to map every incident and produce a daily situation report, is the main innovation.

“This information will support relief organizations in planning and implementation of humanitarian response. Moreover, the system can record public grievances, which is routed to the concerned district administration for corrective actions,” the DG said.

Unfortunately, Pakistan is particularly susceptible to climate shocks. Therefore, scaling up these programs and allocating funding for a Pakistan that is climate resilient is essential. This project will be crucial in developing organizations’ capacity to provide and disseminate accurate and up-to-date information to all pertinent organizations.

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