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Pre-Monsoon Coordination Meeting with Representatives of the Armed Forces at PDMA Sindh 13 June, 2024

Pre-Monsoon Coordination Meeting Held Under the Chairmanship of Mr. Imdad Hussain Siddiqui, Director (Operations) PDMA Sindh, with Representatives of the Armed Forces

Karachi, June 13, 2024 – A Pre-Monsoon Coordination Meeting was convened today under the chairmanship of Mr. Imdad Hussain Siddiqui, Director (Operations), Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) Sindh. The meeting was held at the PDMA Sindh Headquarters in Karachi and was attended by representatives of the Armed Forces, along with other key stakeholders. The primary focus of the meeting was to ensure preparedness and effective coordination among various agencies ahead of the upcoming monsoon season 2024. Mr. Siddiqui emphasized the importance of a collaborative approach to mitigate the potential risks and challenges posed by monsoon rains. In his opening remarks, Mr. Siddiqui highlighted the following key points: 1. *Preparedness Measures*: Review of the current preparedness measures in place and identification of any gaps that need to be addressed urgently. 2. *Resource Mobilization*: Discussion on the mobilization of resources, including manpower, equipment, and logistics, to respond efficiently to any emergencies. 3. *Communication Channels*: Establishment of robust communication channels between PDMA and the Armed Forces to ensure timely information sharing and coordinated response efforts. Representatives from the Armed Forces assured their full support and cooperation in all disaster management activities. They presented their own preparedness plans and discussed how they could be integrated with PDMA’s efforts for a unified response. The meeting concluded with a reaffirmation of the commitment to work together proactively and diligently to protect lives and property during the monsoon season. Mr. Siddiqui thanked all participants for their valuable input and urged them to remain vigilant and prepared for any eventuality.

Pre-Monsoon Humanitarian Coordination Meeting Held at PDMA Sindh 13 June, 2024

Karachi, June 13, 2024 – A pre-monsoon humanitarian coordination meeting was held today at the Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) Sindh Headquarters, Karachi to assess preparations and anticipatory actions for the upcoming monsoon season in 2024. The meeting was attended by representatives from United Nations (UN) agencies, international non-governmental organizations (INGOs), national NGOs, and various humanitarian organizations. The gathering aimed to ensure comprehensive readiness for the monsoon season, focusing on effective coordination and implementation of disaster response strategies. The discussions centered around reviewing existing plans, identifying potential gaps, and reinforcing collaboration among all stakeholders to mitigate the impact of monsoon-related hazards. Director Operations PDMA Sindh, Mr. Imdad Hussain Siddiqui, highlighted the importance of proactive measures and timely actions to safeguard communities. He also emphasized the need for a unified approach by all disaster management stakeholders. Representatives from participating organizations shared their plans and resources, committing to support PDMA Sindh in its efforts to enhance resilience and response capabilities. The meeting concluded with a consensus on the importance of continued humanitarian support, coordination and communication to ensure the safety and well-being of the population during the monsoon season-2024.

19th Board Meeting of Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) Sindh was held on 29th May 2024

The 19th Board Meeting of Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) Sindh was held on 29th May 2024. The meeting was chaired by Minister Rehabilitation Makhdoom Mehboob-ul-Zaman and it was attended by Secretary Rehabilitation, Dr. Waseem Shamshad Ali, DG PDMA, Syed Salman Shah, Senior Member Board of Revenue, Baqaullah Anwar, Director Finance PDMA, Syed Shah Hussain Shah, Director Operations PDMA, Imdad Hussain Siddiqui, and other high ranking officials from Department of Health, Irrigation, Municipalities. Various agenda items were discussed out of which few were approved and some are pending.

PDMA Sindh in collaboration with Rescue 1122 established an emergency desk at Karachi airport for the students arriving from Bishkek on 25 May, 2024

In compliance to the directives by the Government of Sindh an emergency desk had been established today at Jinnah Terminal, Karachi Airport by PDMA Sindh in collaboration with Sindh Emergency Rescue Service (Rescue 1122) , Rehabilitation Department. Two paramedical teams from Rescue 1122 provided medical assistance to students arriving from Bishkek. — ambulances were also at the airport for providing any assistance. Additionally, PDMA Sindh arranged refreshment and lunch for the arriving students.

PDMA Sindh Mitigation Measures Ahead of 2024 Monsoon Season 23 May, 2024

In a crucial address, Mr. Imdad Hussain Siddiqui, Director (Operations), Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) Sindh, called upon all District Disaster Management Authorities (DDMAs) to ensure comprehensive mitigation measures for the upcoming 2024 flood and heavy rain season. During his speech, Mr. Siddiqui emphasized the critical need for proactive steps to protect lives and infrastructure. He stated, “It is imperative that all DDMAs across Sindh implement robust mitigation strategies to minimize the impact of floods and heavy rains. Ensuring the safety and well-being of our communities is our foremost priority.” The Director (Operations) highlighted that early preparedness and effective response mechanisms are essential to address the anticipated weather challenges. In this context, PDMA, in collaboration with IOM and UNOCHA, has initiated the MSRNA Training under the Information Management and Assessment Preparedness program. This training aims to equip PDMA and DDMA staff, along with local NGOs from various districts, with the necessary skills to enhance disaster preparedness and response. The workshop was a great success, with participation from all thirty DDMAs and good representation from INGOs/National NGOs.

Humanitarian Coordination Meeting on Heatwave at PDMA Sindh Head Quarter 18 May, 2024

Humanitarian Coordination Meeting on Heatwave to mitigate its impacts throughout the Province of Sindh, attended by a large number of humanitarian partners including UN Agencies, INGOs/ National NGOs, Humanitarian Organizations and other stakeholders held on 18th May 2024 at PDMA Headquarters.

Visit of Minister Rehabilitation to PDMA Sindh HQ on 24-04-2024

Visit of Minister Rehabilitation to PDMA Sindh Head Quarter on 24 April, 2024

Important meeting of Rehabilitation Department and other projects held under the chairmanship of Provincial Minister for Rehabilitation Makhdoom Mahboob Zaman.

Secretary Rehabilitation/DG PDMA Pervez Sehar briefed the provincial minister on the department.

The meeting was attended by Secretary Rehabilitation Pervez Sehar, Dr. Abid Sheikh, DG Rescue 1122, PD Mobile Health Care Unit, PD Mobile Health Diagnostics Emergency Health Service, Director Finance and Admin PDMA and Director Operations PDMA.

Provincial Minister for Rehabilitation Makhdoom Mahboob Zaman directed the officers to further improve their work.

Delegation from Oxford Policy Management headed by Senior Consultant Poverty and Social Protection, visited PDMA Headquarters on 06 March, 2024

A delegation from Oxford Policy Management headed by Ms. Maheen Zahra, Senior Consultant Poverty and Social Protection, visited PDMA Headquarters on 6th March 2024. Agenda of the meeting was to discuss Feasibility Study for Social Protection for Health & Climate Resilience. The delegation was briefed on roles & responsibilities of PDMA, Multi Hazard Vulnerability Risk Assessment & various aspects of integrating social protection regime in disaster risk management.

Delegates from Centre for International Strategic Studies Sindh (CISSS) visited PDMA HQ on 20 February, 2024

A team of researchers, led by Director Research Air Cdre Zahid Ul Hassan (R), from Centre for International Strategic Studies Sindh (CISSS), visited PDMA Sindh to explore avenues for mutual cooperation and collaboration. DG PDMA Sindh, Syed Salman Shah, and his team welcomed the delegates at PDMA HQ today, i.e., 20th Feb 2024. The DG PDMA and his team briefed the delegates on disaster management structure in the country and the roles and responsibilities of PDMA and DDMAs. Further, the achievements of PDMA Sindh since its commencement were highlighted. The counterpart team lead briefed about CISSS’s concepts, mission, vision, and research studies conducted by the Center. It is mentioned that the Center is part of Strategic Plans Division (SPD) of the National Command Authority. In the discussion session, DG PDMA shared the areas of collaboration for mutual interest. The Director of Research assured the highest level of cooperation and consideration between both organizations.

Advocacy Seminar on Anticipatory Actions and Shock-Responsive Social Safety Nets in Sindh by ACF and Cesvi in collaboration with PDMA Sindh and PMD 15 February, 2024

Karachi, 15-02-2024: The Action Against Hunger (ACF) and Cesvi, international non-governmental organizations (INGOs), conducted a one-day advocacy seminar on anticipatory actions and the establishment of shock-responsive social safety nets in Sindh. This seminar was organized under the ECHO funded project “Strengthening Disaster Preparedness Systems in Sindh” and held in collaboration with the Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA), Sindh, and Pakistan Meteorological Department.

The primary objectives of the seminar were to advocate for the inclusion of anticipatory action triggers in the government’s social protection program, to advocate for increased disaster management/contingency funds at the provincial and district level, and to build connections between existing disaster management structures and social protection programs at the provincial and district levels.

The seminar began with a welcome address by Hussain Ali Awan, Field Coordinator, followed by Adil Badshah, AA specialist, who elaborated on the importance of anticipatory actions and its various terminologies. Naeem Iqbal from UNFAO discussed linking anticipatory action with social protection, and Dr. Sardar Sarfraz Khan, Chief Meteorologist, PMD Karachi Centre, highlighted the significance of impact-based forecasting in setting triggers and thresholds.

Ajay Kumar, Assistant Director PDMA, Sindh, presented on the functioning of PDMA Sindh and its collaborations with different line departments, while Salik Hussain, Assistant Director BISP, outlined the objectives of BISP and the process of selecting BISP beneficiaries through NSER, emphasizing BISP’s support during disasters.

Mohsin Babar, Communication Specialist SSPA, presented SSPA’s work in Sindh, ongoing projects, and future plans, particularly focusing on disaster response. A panel discussion moderated by Zeeshan Azmat, Project Coordinator Cesvi, emphasized the importance of disaster management funds at provincial and district levels, with a focus on budget allocation for anticipatory actions to prevent losses from impending disasters.

During the panel discussion, Imdad Hussain Siddiqui, Director (Operations) PDMA Sindh, suggested Benazir Income Support Program (BISP) to enhance their existing database by adding a field for beneficiaries living in areas at risk against multiple disasters.

In his closing remarks, Imdad Hussain Siddiqui, Director (Operations) PDMA, Sindh, expressed heartfelt gratitude to all participants for their unwavering commitment and active engagement throughout the seminar. He emphasized the critical importance of establishing shock-responsive mechanisms in Sindh to effectively mitigate the impact of disasters. Siddiqui reiterated PDMA’s full support and dedication to working collaboratively with all stakeholders to strengthen disaster preparedness and response efforts in the region. He concluded by highlighting the need for continued collaboration and proactive measures to build a more resilient Sindh for future generations.

CDF and NDO Collaborate with PDMA Sindh to Enhance Disaster Preparedness and Response in Sindh 14 February, 2024

Karachi, 14-02-2024 – The Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) of CDF (Community Development Foundation) and Nari Development Organization met with the Director (Operations), Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) Sindh to discuss their extensive interventions during the 2022 floods emergency response and early recovery efforts in Sindh. The meeting, held at the PDMA Sindh Headquarters, highlighted the organizations’ commitment to bolstering disaster resilience in the region.

During the meeting, the CEOs presented a comprehensive overview of their interventions during the 2022 floods, detailing the impact of their emergency response and early recovery initiatives. They emphasized the importance of collaborative efforts in mitigating the effects of disasters and enhancing the resilience of communities.

Furthermore, CDF and NDO expressed their intent to undertake a local adaptation plan focusing on drought in District Dadu, with a specific emphasis on Taluka Johi. This plan aims to address the unique challenges faced by communities in the region and develop sustainable solutions to mitigate the impact of droughts.

In addition to the local adaptation plan, the organizations announced their plan to initiate preparedness initiatives in District Dadu targeting vulnerable groups. These initiatives will include capacity building, awareness campaigns, and the establishment of early warning systems to enhance the resilience of communities against future disasters.

Speaking about the collaboration, the both CEOs reiterated their commitment to supporting the government’s efforts in disaster management and resilience building. They emphasized the importance of proactive measures in reducing the vulnerability of communities to disasters and ensuring a swift and effective response when disasters strike.

The meeting concluded with a commitment from all parties to work closely together to implement the proposed initiatives and strengthen disaster preparedness and response mechanisms in Sindh.

PRCS Sindh in collaboration with PDMA Sindh Elevates Disaster Response Capabilities through Specialized Trainings and Simulation Exercises 01 February, 2024

KARACHI, 01-02-2024— The Pakistan Red Crescent Society (PRCS), Sindh, has organized a five-day intensive training and simulation exercise for the Branch Disaster Response Team (BDRT) in collaboration with the Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) Sindh at the provincial level.

Director (Operations), PDMA Sindh, Imdad Hussain Siddiqui visited the training camp and lauded the meticulous arrangements and the exceptional quality of training and simulation exercise delivered by the Red Crescent Facilitators. His commendation underscores the commitment of PRCS Sindh to ensuring the highest standards in disaster response training.

The training program, overseen by expert teams from the Provincial and National Headquarters of PRCS, as well as the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), aimed to enhance the expertise of individuals engaged in disaster response. This initiative signifies PRCS Sindh’s ongoing dedication to expanding its cadre of skilled professionals for effective disaster management.

During the visit, Director (Operations) PDMA Sindh expressed unwavering support and cooperation, emphasizing the imperative to replicate such skilled groups across the Sindh region. Recognizing the significance of creating similar capacities throughout the province, he called for collaboration with Red Crescent Trainers in future too to spearhead further capacity-building initiatives.

This collaborative effort exemplifies PRCS Sindh’s dedication to fortifying disaster response capabilities and establishing a network of highly trained individuals across the region. The training course marks a significant milestone in advancing disaster preparedness and underscores PRCS Sindh’s commitment to serving the community with resilience and expertise.

Strengthening Disaster Resilience Collaborative Initiatives for District Disaster Management in Sindh Province 30 January, 2024

Held detailed meetings with delegations from the ACF and Pathfinder organizations, focusing on the crucial aspect of enhancing the capacity of District Disaster Management Authorities (DDMAs) within the Province. Emphasis was placed on formulating and kickstarting Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) initiatives, particularly tailored for shelters in regions adversely impacted by floods. The discussions underscored the integration of Community-Based Disaster Risk Management (CBDRM), Community-Based Early Warning Systems (CBEWS), and School-Based Disaster Risk Management (SBDRM) strategies as integral components of the broader spectrum of DRR activities. These PDMA Sindh’s collaborative efforts aim to fortify the resilience of vulnerable communities, ensuring a more proactive and adaptive response to potential disasters in the designated areas.

Empowering Disaster Resilience: UN OCHA in collaboration with PDMA Sindh and other Partners Spearhead Successful Pilot Capacity-Building Session in Sindh 29 January, 2024

Hyderabad, 29 January 2024 – A transformative collaboration unfolded in Hyderabad as the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) in Pakistan, National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), and the Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) of Sindh, united with IOM, UNFPA, ACTED, Muslim Hands, Agha Khan Agency for Habitat (AKAH), and Islamic Relief. Together, they orchestrated a one-day pilot capacity-building session for the District Disaster Management Authorities (DDMAs) of Hyderabad, Dadu, Jamshoro, Khairpur, and Naushro Feroz in the Sindh province.

The initiative aims to elevate the capacity of the District Disaster Management Authorities, the linchpin of disaster preparedness and response at the district level. This pivotal undertaking draws inspiration directly from the insights gained during the Floods 2022 Response, underlining a commitment to continuous improvement and adaptation in disaster management strategies.

A comprehensive cohort of senior officers actively engaged in the event, representing entities such as the National Disaster Management Authority, Provincial Disaster Management Authority, Pakistan Met Department, District Disaster Management Authorities, Directorate of Health, Women Development Department, and sector leads. Their collective involvement underscores the collaborative spirit that drives this crucial endeavor.

This pilot session sets the stage for an extensive capacity-building training scheduled for April 2024. This future initiative will encompass emergency response, disaster preparedness, mitigation, and a holistic enhancement of DDMA capacities. As highlighted by Imdad Hussain Siddiqu, Director (Operations) PDMA Sindh, during the workshop, “This is a significant step towards building resilience at the grassroots level through DDMA.”

The event concluded on a high note, receiving expressions of appreciation and heartfelt thanks from the NDMA and PDMA Sindh Director (Operations). This acknowledgment underscores the success of the pilot activity and paves the way for continued collaboration in fortifying disaster resilience across districts.

Two-Day Workshop on Resilient Urban Planning in Climate Extremes Co-organized by NDMA and PDMA Sindh draws key stakeholders 24 January, 2024

The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) and the Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) Sindh successfully hosted a comprehensive workshop on “Resilient Urban Planning in Climate Extremes” over the two days. The event saw active participation from a diverse range of stakeholders, bringing together key players in disaster management and urban planning.

The workshop served as a collaborative platform, engaging participants from UN agencies, International Non-Governmental Organizations (INGOs), humanitarian organizations, federal ministries, provincial line departments, disaster management authorities, Rescue 1122, as well as representatives from the private, social, and development sectors.

The primary objective of the workshop was to enhance the understanding of resilient urban planning strategies in the face of climate extremes. Attendees had the opportunity to share insights, best practices, and lessons learned from their respective domains. The collaborative nature of the event fostered valuable discussions and laid the groundwork for future initiatives aimed at building resilient urban landscapes.Key topics covered during the workshop included risk assessment, climate adaptation measures, community engagement, and the integration of technology in urban planning to mitigate the impact of climate-related challenges.

The event underscored the importance of a multi-stakeholder approach in addressing the complexities of urban resilience. The insights gained will contribute to informed decision-making processes and the development of more effective policies for sustainable urban development.

As the threat of climate extremes continues to grow, the NDMA and PDMA Sindh reaffirm their commitment to fostering collaboration and knowledge exchange. The successful participation of a wide array of stakeholders highlights the collective dedication to creating urban environments that can withstand the challenges posed by climate change, Imdad Hussain Siddiqui, Director Operations PDMA Sindh said.

Virtual Meeting on Payment of Ex-Gratia Assistance 18 January, 2024

PDMA Sindh participated in a virtual conference with NDMA officials addressing the casualties resulting from the 2022 flash floods, focusing on the disbursement of ex gratia assistance. In response to the Government of Sindh’s appeal, the GoP has so far provided ex-gratia assistance to 908 families affected by the flash floods in Sindh province, providing one million each to the families of the deceased. PDMA Sindh, in collaboration with NDMA, is actively pursuing the resolution of remaining cases, with assurances that compensation will be granted promptly.

Visit of DG PDMA Gilgit Baltistan at PDMA Sindh Head Office Karachi 10 January, 2024

Distinguished Delegation from Gilgit-Baltistan Explores Disaster Resilience Strategies at PDMA Headquarters Sindh Karachi, 10th January, 2024— Today, the Director General, Gilgit-Baltistan Disaster Management Authority, in collaboration with the Chief Conservator of the Forest Department, Government of Gilgit-Baltistan, and other esteemed government officials, conducted a comprehensive visit to PDMA Headquarters Sindh. During this insightful visit, the Director (Operations) PDMA Sindh intricately briefed the delegation on disaster risk reduction products and initiatives, anticipatory actions, and a thorough review of best practices and lessons learned from previous disasters, notably the Floods of 2022 and Biparjoy Cyclone of 2023. The exchange of knowledge and experiences is crucial for enhancing disaster management capabilities across regions. Notably, the delegation also visited the Provincial Emergency Operation Centre at PDMA HQ Karachi, gaining firsthand insights into the state-of-the-art facilities and operations that contribute to effective emergency response and coordination. This collaborative effort underscores the commitment of both regions towards fostering a culture of preparedness and resilience in the face of potential disasters. Such inter-regional engagements play a pivotal role in strengthening disaster management capacities and promoting a shared understanding of effective response strategies. The DG GBDMA, Safdar Khan presented momento to Imdad Hussain Siddiqui, Director (Operations), PDMA Sindh.

Integrated Emergency Tabletop Exercise of Karachi Nuclear Power Plant 28 December, 2023

Delegation from World Bank Implementation Support Mission visited PDMA Sindh HQ on 22 November, 2023

A delegation from the World Bank Implementation Support Mission headed by Mr. Ahsan Tehsin, Senior Disaster Risk Management Specialist, visited PDMA Sindh HQ on 22nd November 2023. The meeting delved into strategic initiatives concerning the Sindh Resilience Project (SRP). The meeting was chaired by DG PDMA Sindh, Syed Salman Shah, and attended by Director Operations, Mr. Imdad Hussain Siddiqui, and senior officials from SRP-PIU.

PDMA Sindh observed National Disaster Day 09 October, 2023

8th October is marked as National Resilience Day to pay tribute to martyrs of the earthquake of 2005 which affected millions of lives, livelihoods, and left long-term trauma to the people of Pakistan and Azad Jammu & Kashmir. The event reminds us that we are residing in a region susceptible to natural disasters and calamities. The disaster risks are further aggravated in the country due to climate change-associated factors. It is only a year back when in 2022, life in 24 out of 30 districts in Sindh was devastated due to unprecedented weather which brought heavy rains and caused flash, riverine, and urban floods across the province. The situation was further complicated in lieu of the domino effects of the disaster. The climate-induced disasters in one form or another are likely to roam around the country, specifically over Sindh due to its geographical setting. PDMA Sindh in its continuous journey towards proactive disaster management and disaster risk reduction is striving to devise and implement structural and non-structural initiatives for enhancing provincial capacity in disaster management and making disaster resilient Sindh. Different directional initiatives have been implemented and are in the pipeline with obvious results and outcomes. To commemorate National Resilience Day, in collaboration with partners, PDMA Sindh observed National Disaster Day on 9th October 2023. The event was held at the Regent Plaza Hotel, Karachi, and was participated by various segments of society, invited delegates from different sectors, and flood 2022 affectees. Mock drills, awareness speeches, videos, and presentations were showcased at the event. Furthermore, PDMA Sindh & HANDS Pakistan displayed their stalls with demonstrable products with regard to Disaster Management, Disaster Risk Reduction, awareness, and various other related features.

PDMA Sindh signs a MoU with International Organization for Migration (IOM) 05 October, 2023

In the continuity of efforts to enhance Provincial capacity in disaster management, PDMA Sindh signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the International Organization for Migration (IOM). The MoU was signed by DG PDMA Sindh, Syed Salman Shah, and Deputy Chief of Party for the Community Resilience Activity – North, Ms. Jannat Durrani on 5th October 2023 at PDMA Head Office. The MoU signing was attended by senior officials from both sides. Areas of cooperation in MoU cover both structural and nonstructural measures to be undertaken jointly by parties for improving disaster management and disaster risk reduction.

A delegation from Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) visited PDMA Sindh HQ on 20 September, 2023.

National Disaster Management Plan (NDMP-I) was developed in 2012 by NDMA in technical consultation with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). The NDMP-I was valid for ten (10) years and expired in 2022. To determine progress made by different stakeholders and to consider additional plans for NDMP-II which is in development plan, a team of consultants visited PDMA HQ on 20th September 2023. As a follow-up of this meeting, the requested information on prescribed proforma was shared with the consultants.

Internship Program at PDMA Sindh

Internship Program at PDMA Sindh 11 September, 2023

Academia and industry interaction is important for not only creating awareness on disaster management, but it also fosters research on real-world problems specific to geographical areas. With this intention, PDMA Sindh has started an internship program for universities where students from different fields get hands-on experience on different activities of PDMA. Students from Social Sciences Department, SZABIST University recently completed 2-month internship in PDMA. Students were exposed and oriented to different activities including information management, data collection, compilation and visualization, and other topics of interest related to their academic studies. Students were assigned to conduct a SWOT Analysis of PDMA which was successfully completed and presented. On completion, students were awarded internship certificates.

Delegates from Pak Aid Welfare Trust

Delegates from Pak Aid Welfare Trust visited PDMA Sindh HQ 07 September, 2023

Philanthropist organizations, NGOs, and INGOs play a vital role during disasters. Harmonization of individual efforts in collective response is a need of the time and will result in efficient and need-based use of man and material resources. To harness this potential, PDMA Sindh is engaging with stakeholders and partners to establish a conducive environment for collective efforts towards efficient and effective Disaster Management in the province. In regard, series of meetings with stakeholders are being conducted. On September 7, 2023, Pak Aid Welfare Trust delegate visited PDMA Sindh HQ. During the meeting, various dimensions of collaboration were discussed. PDMA emphasized that, due to recurring disasters in the province, disaster preparedness and prepositioning of arrangements are more important to save lives and livelihoods. A few potential areas of collaboration like engaging volunteers of Pak aid, medical and rescue services can be alingrd to enhance preparedness and response. The meeting concluded to furnish collaboration for fostering directional efforts for the well-being of the people of Sindh pre, during and post disasters. As a way forward, another meeting shall be conducted to streamline and framework modus operendi for collaboration.

United Nations Migration (IOM) visited PDMA Sindh

United Nations Migration (IOM) visited PDMA Sindh 30 August, 2023

The delegation was headed by Ms. Mio Sato Chief of Mission to UN-IOM. The delegation met DG PDMA, Syed Salman Shah, and a discussion was held on the disaster management context of Sindh. The Chief of Mission highlighted UN-IOM work and portfolio in Sindh especially flood-affected areas of the province.

PDMA Sindh signs MoU with Save the Children

PDMA Sindh signs MoU with Save the Children 22 August 2023

PDMA Sindh with its untiring commitment to the cause, signed a MoU with Save the Children to strengthen emergency preparedness and response efforts. The main goal of this partnership is to strengthen emergency response plans in order to provide immediate and well-coordinated response in times of need.

PDMA participated in the Pakistan Expo on Disaster Risk Reduction 2023

PDMA participated in the Pakistan Expo on Disaster Risk Reduction 2023

PDMA Sindh participated in the Expo on Disaster Risk Reduction held in Islamabad from 16th to 18th August 2023. Expo was organized by NDMA and a large number of stakeholders including government ministries and departments, PDMAs, NGOs, INGOS, and other development partners participated in the event. PDMA Sindh showcased different demonstrative products and initiatives taken towards DRR. Links with various partners were established during Expo which will be engaged for collaborative disaster management in the province and mainstreaming DRR.

PDMA Sindh18th Board Meeting

18th Board Meeting

Preparedness for Monsoon July 5th, 2023

A meeting was held under the chair of Advisor to CM for Relief & Rehabilitation Haji Rasool Bux Chandio on 05th July 2023. Secretary Rehabilitation Parvez Ahmed Seehar briefed the Advisor on the preparedness status of PDMA for Monsoon 2023. Furthermore, the current forecast for possible rains in Sindh was discussed along with the action plan. The meeting was attended by all directorates working under the rehabilitation department.

Commissioner Karachi Muhammad Iqbal Memon visited PDMA Headquarters on 13th June 2023

Faisal Edhi's visit to PDMA HQ June 13th, 2023

Honored to welcome Faisal Edhi, an esteemed representative of the renowned Edhi Organization, to PDMA Headquarters today. Had a productive meeting discussing the current status of cyclone Biparjoy and the diligent efforts undertaken by PDMA to effectively respond to the situation. Mr. Edhi’s visit further strengthens our commitment to serving the community in times of crisis.

Preparation for Very Severe Cyclonic Storm (BIPARJOY) 10th June 2023

Advisor to CM Sindh for Rehabilitation & Relief, Haji Rasool Bux Chandio, chaired a meeting to discuss the preparedness strategy for the potential impacts of Tropical Cyclone “BIPARJOY”. The meeting, held on 10th June 2023, was attended by Mr. Pervaiz Ahmed Seehar, Secretary to Government of Sindh, Rehabilitation Department, Syed Salman Shah, Director General, PDMA Sindh, Deputy Commissioners of Karachi, Hyderabad, and Mirpurkhas divisions, and other officers. The meeting highlighted the vigilant monitoring of the situation by PDMA Sindh’s Provincial Emergency Operation Center (PEOC), activation of District Emergency Operation Centers for effective coordination, development of a comprehensive contingency plan with evacuation strategies and early warning system implementation, preparedness measures for coastal districts (Karachi South, Malir, Keamari, Korangi, Thatta, Sujawal, and Badin), including keeping machinery, staff, and dewatering machines on standby, and the removal of weak structures like billboards in urban centers due to potential storm winds.

Secretary Visit at PEOC May 10th, 2023

Secretary Rehabilitation, Pervez Ahmed Seehar, visited PEOC with other officers of PDMA Sindh on May 10th, 2023 to receive briefings regarding PEOC’s functional capabilities and to ensure effective and efficient coordination, management, and response to natural disasters and public health emergencies in Sindh. The staff also briefed the secretary regarding DMIS and Power Bi dashboards.


The Joint Implementation Support Mission of World Bank visited PDMA Sindh Headquarters on 09th May 2023 to discuss various aspects of Sindh Resilience Project and Sindh Flood Emergency Rehabilitation Project. The meeting was chaired by Secretary Rehabilitation.

Planning & Preparations for Predicted Rains April 27th, 2023

Secretary Rehabilitation Department and other high-ranking authorities gather in a virtual conference on April 27th, 2023, to strategize and plan ahead for the impending rainy season. The meeting aims to identify potential vulnerabilities and ensure that adequate measures are in place to mitigate any adverse impact on the community. The meeting was chaired by the Secretary Rehabilitation Department and co-chaired by Secretary (GA)

Implementation of a DRR/EPR and Resilience Building Project

A meeting was held on April 13th ,2023 at the PDMA HQs in Karachi to discuss the implementation of a DRR/EPR and Resilience Building project. The meeting was attended by several high-ranking officials, including the Director General of Health Services, the Chief Engineer of the Irrigation Department, and the Director General of the Agricultural Department, among others. Representatives from various organizations, including the WFP, UN-OCHA, UNICEF, UN IoM, and INGOs such as Acted and Cesvi, also participated in the meeting.

17th Board Meeting

The 17th Board Meeting of Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) Sindh was held on 31st March 2023 under the chairmanship of Haji Rasool Bux Chandio Advisor to Chief Minister Sindh for Rehabilitation & Relief Department at PDMA Head Office, Karachi. The meeting was participated by Board Members from different departments. 14 Agenda items were discussed and approved during the meeting including review of progress of decisions taken in the last Board Meeting.

ADB NFPP-IV mission meeting with Director General, Provincial Disaster Management Authority, (PDMA), Sindh on 16th feb 2023.

Open Katcheri" session at Districts Naushahro Feroze, Khairpur Mir’s, Sukkur, and Ghotki.

Director General PDMA Sindh, Syed Salman Shah along with Director Operations, Imdad Hussain Siddiqui, and AD Operations, Maqsood Hussain Soomro visited districts Naushahro Feroze, Khairpur Mir’s, Sukkur, and Ghotki for an ‘Open Katcheri’ session to resolve the complaints of flood affectees. District Commissioners and other high-ranking officers from Irrigation, Agriculture, Revenue, and Health departments were also part of the session. The public complained about relief items, ex-gratia assistance against life loss, the compensation of damaged houses, provision of health services, and compensation for crop losses. Other complaints were related to damage to educational institutes and presence of water around school buildings. The delegation ensured that the complaints will be resolved on an urgent basis and the Government of Sindh will extend all possible support to restore life to normal. PDMA Sindh immediately dispatched the required relief goods for distribution among flood affectees.

Workshop on Information Management Organised by PDMA & UN-OCHA

Accurate and timely information is the key to business success. The same is valid for disaster management. Better management, decision-making, and actions are dependent on gathered and compiled information. In view of the importance of information management, 05 days training session was jointly organized by UN-OCHA and PDMA Sindh at PDMA Head office from 17th-21st of October 2022. International training facilitators from UN-OCHA conducted the training on important topics such as data collection, compilation, standardization, correction, visualization, and reporting. Officials from PDMA, NDMA, and newly hired provincial Information Management Officers of UN-OCHA from the capital territory Islamabad, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab, Balochistan, and Punjab attended the training.

Brief on Flood Response & Rehabilitation Activities

Provincial Coordination Meeting with PHF & NHN Members on Flood Response 2022

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