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Measures being taken to strengthen disaster management

National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) Chairman Lt Gen Omar Mehmood Hayat Tuesday said that Pakistan was taking every possible measure to strengthen its disaster management mechanism. The chairman expressed these views during a meeting with Ambassador of Italy to Pakistan Stefano Pontecorvo. “Mutual cooperation between the two countries in this all important sector of sustainable development …

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CM orders reconstruction of drains in slums

Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has directed Local Government Minister Jam Khan Shoro to construct drainage system and storm water drains in slums to improve life of the people living there. He was presiding over a meeting to review post-heavy rain situation in the city on Tuesday. The …

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Rain and ruin

UNDOUBTEDLY, there were others who suffered more. Even before the rains beat down on Karachi this year, taking a few and then a few more and finally over 20 lives, hundreds others had died in neighbouring countries. The citizens of Karachi died as they do every year in an increasingly …

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Widespread rain, thunderstorm expected to hit Karachi

Widespread rain and thunderstorm coupled with gusty winds is expected to hit lower Sindh, Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) said Tuesday, after Karachi witnessed the onset of a rain spell. The PMD said that there are chances of isolated heavy to more heavy falls in lower Sindh, including Mirpurkhas, Hyderabad and Karachi divisions …

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Sindh govt issues flash-flood warning for lower, urban parts of Sindh

The Sindh government on Tuesday issued a weather warning, anticipating heavy rains later this week, in which it directed all district disaster management authorities, commissioners and deputy commissioners to ensure that all precautionary measures are taken to avoid any untoward situation as well adopt an effective response mechanism, including issuing …

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Death toll from South Asia flooding tops 1,000

The death toll from floods sweeping South Asia has climbed above 1,000, officials said Thursday, as rescue teams try to reach millions stranded by the region’s worst monsoon disaster in recent years. Thousands of soldiers and emergency personnel have been deployed across India, Bangladesh and Nepal, where authorities say a …

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Hazardous plastic scrap imports soar fivefold in January-July

Imports of hazardous plastic scrap surged more than fivefold to 13,600 tonnes during the past seven months in a blatant violation of import policy, posing serious risks to environment and human health, industry sources said on Thursday. The sources said approximately 2,200 tonnes of such scraps made inroads into the …

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CEJ, ICRC hold inaugural workshop on Humanitarian Reporting

The Centre for Excellence in Journalism (CEJ) in collaboration with The International Committee of the Red Cross Pakistan organized a two-day ‘Humanitarian Reporting Workshop’from August 21 – 22, 2017 aimed at improving the standards of humanitarian reporting. This was the first of its kind to be organized in Pakistan. The …

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At least 700 killed in South Asia floods

The confirmed death toll passed 700 and more than a million were driven from their homes as large swathes of South Asia reeled under monsoon floods on Sunday, officials said.  At least 100 deaths were reported overnight across India and Bangladesh following the latest in a series of deluges since …

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