UN, NDMA to observe October Quake as Disaster Day

ISLAMABAD: The October earthquake was the greatest of disasters in the history of Pakistan, and the whole nation will observe it as ‘Disaster Day’ on October 8, 2011.

National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), with the help of UN, is also launching an awareness campaign for safer Schools, Hospitals and more resilient civic facilities claimed a press release from NDMA on Thursday.

The objective of this event is to express solidarity with the bereaved families who lost their family members as a result of devastation the hit parts of Pakistan, NDMA stated.

“In consonance with the significance of the occasion, the National Disaster
Management Authority (NDMA), with the help of the UN, Assigning high priority to the campaign and to the Disaster risk Reduction in the backdrop of recent natural disasters which occurred in Pakistan,” the spokesman said.

The spokesman added that Special Representative of the UN Secretary General on Disaster Risk Reduction Margareta Wahlstrom is visiting Pakistan from October 6 to October 8 to further take along a more pro-active DRR agenda in Pakistan with increasing emphasis on effective mitigation, prevention and preparedness in case of disasters.

The national launch of the United Nation’s International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR)’s Global campaigns of “One Million Safe Schools and Hospitals” and “Resilient Cities” will also be organized by the NDMA on October 8 on the eve of National Disaster Awareness Day, 2011.

Margareta Wahlström, Special Representative of the United
Nations Secretary General for Disaster Risk Reduction, parliamentarians and high level officials of the Government of Pakistan shall attend the ceremony.

According to details, this event will also include a technical session in which representatives of different cities, educational and Health institutions will pledge to make cities disaster resilient, and schools and hospitals safe from threat of any disaster.

Besides, demonstration for on-line pledging will be given to the participants about how to pledge and to sensitize them about their role in disaster risk reduction.

On-line pledging by volunteers for safer schools and hospitals will also take place simultaneously during the event.

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