PESHAWAR: The Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) Director Mian Abdul Qadir Shah said that in order to cope with emergencies, the authority is installing 35 telemeters to have real-time data for timely responding to floods in the province.

Shah was addressing the participants of the inaugural session of one-day expo entitled “Technology-mediated disaster and risk reduction climate” on Thursday here at the University of Peshawar.

The expo was organized by the University of Peshawar and attended by representatives of PDMA, NDMA, Asian Development Bank, Pakistan Nuclear Regulatory Authority, Rescue 1122, Geography, Psychology and Disaster Department. More than two thousand students throng the expo to know about ongoing trends in the field.

Speaking as Chief Guest, Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Asif Khan welcomed research projects on Disaster Reduction in big number since 2005 but stressed that key government organisations will have to change fast by harnessing latest technologies in combating climate change and disasters like situations. He expressed concern that large infrastructure projects without environmental feasibility and building codes will open door for catastrophe.

Director Centre for disaster preparedness and Management Prof Dr Noor Jahan said that emergency response systems in the current disaster discourse will be irrelevant due to emerging trends of effective planning mechanisms.

He called upon disaster fighting line departments to raise awareness programs, disaster reduction components and latest technologies in their strategy and fight. Dean faculty of life and Environmental Sciences, Prof Dr Bashir Ahmad said that bringing in development sector, governmental institution and academia under one roof is a big shot in arm for the centre. He called upon participants of the expo to sustain the research and collaboration spree.

The current principal investigator Dr.Mushtaq Jan said that MOBILISE platform of the CDPM aims to strengthen Collaboration between institutions and organizations working in area of Disaster Risk Reduction.

The Project team has developed Mobile Apps for Disaster reporting and sharing of information. The team is working on developing Softwares for economic cost modelling, vulnerable groups dependency modelling, system dynamics, disaster case cade effect modelling and software for visualization of Disaster impacts.

The MOBILISE Expo was in the second event of MOBILISE Platform in the past six weeks. The platform intends to hold one national and one international conference on Disaster Resilience in 2019. Around thirty governmental and non-governmental organisations presented their expertise at the expo on Disaster reduction techniques and initiatives.

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