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Message from President on occasion of National Disaster Awareness Day

Islamabad, October 08, 2014 (PPI-OT): The 8th day of every October reminds us of the devastating earthquake of 2005 that wreaked havoc in Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and other parts of the country. It brings to our memories countless human miseries and the huge loss of lives, property and infrastructure.

The day therefore is an occasion to express solidarity with all those families who suffered this calamity and many of them still bear the scars of that horrific tragedy on their minds and bodies. The observance of this day as National Disaster Awareness Day is also an occasion for stock-taking and to reiterate our commitment to make greater efforts for preparing ourselves to face all such adversities.

As the frequency, scope and severity of disasters has increased during recent years, the situation calls for urgent measures focusing on addressing those causes that are contributing towards the surge and recurrence of such incidents.

It also underscores the need to follow an integrated approach that includes structural measures for averting such disasters to the maximum possible extent and putting in place a robust and a comprehensive response system to reach out to the affected people.

It also underpins the need preparing people at community level to face such adversities. The recent floods in Pakistan and the great losses that we have suffered have reinforced the need to pay greater attention towards threats and to take all possible measures to effectively mitigate the impacts of such disasters. Let us all as true Pakistanis prove ourselves as a resilient, philanthropic and a humane society.

While expressing my deep sympathies with the affected people and families, let me reiterate that the Government would continue taking all possible measures towards relief, rehabilitation and reconstruction. I hope this day would serve to raise greater awareness about the disaster mitigation and response systems and would provide impetus to our efforts to build a culture of disaster resilience.

For more information, contact:
Farhatullah Babar
Spokesperson to the President
Tell: +9251 920 4530 and +9251 920 4974
Email: farhat.babar@president.gov.pk

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