Natural Disasters - A Persistent Threat to Human Security in Pakistan
Published on: Mar 3, 2016
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A Persistent threat to Human Security in
“Threats and Conflicts: Human Security in the 21st
A Public Conference
April 23, 2015
What is a Disaster?
According to International Federation of Red Cross (IFRC)
Any event that could lead to a respond beyond the capacity
of a local community is termed as a disaster (Ifrc.org,
When hazard meets
What is NOT a Disaster?
Any event occurring beyond our control but not affecting
humans directly or indirectly.
Type of Disasters
• Natural Disasters
• Man-made Disasters
Pakistan in the light of
Natural and Man-made
• Unavailability of latest data to assess human loss.
• No local mechanism for early loss assessment.
• Performed by International organizations at a later stage.
• Time consuming.
• State’s response
• Local Press & Media response
Major Natural and Man-
made Disasters in Pakistan
Disaster Year Deaths Affected Population
2005 73, 338 2,869, 142
2010 1, 985 20,202,327
Military Operations (SWAT,
South & North Waziristan)
2007-2014  52, 000  3 million
• Develop mechanisms at state level for the assessment of
• Equip Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) with
• Capacity building of the National Disaster Management
Authority for early recovery and post disaster
• Build a National Trauma Centre.
“Pakistan’s largest city Karachi, home to around 18 million
people, could be “wiped out” by a tsunami. The simulated
drills had shown that in the eventuality of a major
earthquake it could create waves of 0.9 to seven metres high
that could reach and devastate Karachi in a matter of