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Mainstreaming the environment

By: Jamal Shahid ISLAMABAD: The Ministry of Climate Change launched its policy that provides a framework for addressing environmental concerns gripping Pakistan because of the changing climatic conditions. In view of Pakistan’s high vulnerability to adverse impacts from extreme weather events, the new National Climate Change Policy particularly focuses on adaptation efforts. Approved by the […]

Tackling climate change

By: RABIA ABDUL GHAFFAR GLOBAL warming is the increase of the earth’s near-surface air and oceans’ temperature. The rise in the global temperature will cause the sea level to rise and this will enhance the intensity of the occurrence of the extreme weather events leading to a change in agricultural productivity, trade, water crisis, glacier […]

Floods killed 370 people: National Disaster Management Authority

ISLAMABAD: A total of 275,000 houses and shops were destroyed and at least 370 people killed in the recent floods in various parts of the country, said a report of the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) issued on Tuesday. Of the 275,000 houses and shops destroyed, 235,831 were in Sindh, 25,442 in Punjab, 8,626 in […]

Balochistan Assembly for declaring flood area calamity-hit

QUETTA: The lawmakers in the Monday session unanimously passed resolution seeking declaring flood-stricken districts of Balochistan as calamity-hit areas. The assembly session started with Deputy Speaker Syed Matiullah Agha in chair. The movers including Minister for Law and Parliamentary Affairs Mir Abdul Rehman Jamali, Pakistan Muslim League-Q MPA Sheikh Jaffar Mandokhel and MPA Tariq Bugti […]

Curative effects of plants highlighted at workshop

Karachi: Natural products and their traditional use could play an important role in the development of remedies for diseases that are otherwise ignored by the drugs being made on commercial basis. These views were expressed by Director International Center for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS), Karachi University (KU), Professor Dr Muhammad Iqbal Choudhary, on the […]

Flood survivors resent apathy of Khyber Pakhtunkhuwan government

MANSEHRA: The flood-affected people of Dubair valley have expressed resentments over the apathy of government, saying the damaged infrastructure in the area hasn’t been reconstructed after passing of two years. “Though the non-governmental organisations, which had suspended operations in the district following issuance of a decree by a local cleric, have resumed work in the […]

Floods cause Rs18 billion losses in Balochistan

By: Saleem Shahid QUETTA: Standing crops suffered a loss of Rs18 billion after torrential rains and heavy floods devastated about 19 per cent areas of Nasirabad and Jaffarabad districts in Balochistan. This was disclosed at a meeting held in Dera Murad Jamali to review the flood situation in the two districts. The meeting observed that […]

Rs 365 billion being lost owing to environmental degradation

“Pakistan is losing Rs 365 billion annually on account of environmental degradation, of which Rs 112 billion alone is accounted for unsafe delivery and disposal of water and sanitation,” said Federal Secretary for Climate Change Mahmood Alam. He was addressing to the “Donor debriefing session on sanitation and water for all high-level meeting” organised by […]

National Assembly committee blames National Disaster Management Authority for flood havoc

By: Jamal Shahid ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Climate Change has criticised the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) for lack of coordination with provinces to lessen damages from rain and floods. “The reality on the ground is different from the picture you have drawn before the members,” MNA Syed Tayyab Hussain told NDMA […]

President orders relief efforts in flood-hit areas

KARACHI: President Asif Ali Zardari on Wednesday directed all the federal and provincial government departments to undertake every possible effort in a concerted manner for providing relief to the flood-hit people and to ensure that the outbreak of various water-borne diseases was also kept in check. He said that comprehensive plans should be chalked out […]

Flood situation in Jaffarabad’s town worsens

By: Saleem Shahid QUETTA: The flood situation in Jaffarabad has worsened and Sohbatpur town and some other areas have been inundated after torrents from Sindh entered the eastern parts of the district. “About 80 per cent of Jaffarabad district has been badly affected by the floods. Thousands of mud houses have been washed away, leaving […]

Floods have left 369 dead, nearly 3m affected

By: Zahid Gishkori ISLAMABAD: Floods caused by the current torrential rains have affected close to 3 million people and damaged around 2.2 million acres of crops across the four provinces — killing a total of 369 people so far. According to initial estimates, some 200,000 people are awaiting shelter and relief goods — weeks after […]

Flooding threat looming over Ratodero villages

By: M.B. Kalhoro LARKANA: No less than 70,000 acres of agricultural land in three union councils of Ratodero taluka was totally submerged during the recent torrential rains and flooding. The UCs — Warisdino Machi, Jummo Agham and Taib — had paddy crop grown on the lands and the growers blame officials of the Salinity Control […]

WWF-Pakistan to assist Civil Aviation Authority for improving environment

KARACHI: The international environmental organisation, WWF-Pakistan on Tuesday signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Civil Aviation Authority with an aim to raise awareness on environmental conservation and associated biodiversity in Pakistan.Nadeem Khan Yousufzai, director general CAA, and Ali Habib, Director General, WWF-Pakistan, Marriyum Aurangzeb, Senior Manager Corporate Relations, WWF–Pakistan and other senior officials of both […]