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Dealing with Disaster: Learning from 2010 Floods

Executive Summary

An in depth analysis of NDMA’s response to the 2010 flood led to a series of recommendations covering the legal, institutional, policy, and recovery domains.

  • Legal and institutional Recommendations
  • Establishing strategic planning networks
  • Strengthening legal foundations
  • Increasing the administrative and warehousing capacity of NDMA, PDMAs, and DDMAs
  • Mainstreaming disaster risk reduction in planning and budgeting

Policy recommendations:

  • Creating mechanisms for response coordination
  • Ensuring local procurement by donors
  • Increasing cooperation between the government and humanitarian community
  • Capacity-building for civilian disaster response personnel
  • Strengthening early warning systems
  • Mainstreaming gender Improving disaster reporting and communication.

Recovery Phase Recommendations – Critical Lessons from 2010

  • Initiating clusters with standardised plans, guidelines, and reporting for every sector
  • Ensuring multi-cluster needs assessment
  • Establishing early warning systems for disease outbreaks
  • Initiating nutrition and agriculture interventions to tackle food insecurity and malnutrition
  • Instituting cash for work programs
  • Creating owner-led housing solutions
  • Creating space for humanitarian actors to work
  • Providing women, children and marginalised communities with special assistance.

Despite the 2022 floods being of greater magnitude than before, lessons from the 2010 floods allowed the government to take actions that mitigated the expected loss and damages to infrastructure and human life. However, a more comprehensive response to the recommendations could have resulted in much greater protection.

Ammar Rashid
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Hamza Sarfraz
Policy Researcher | + posts

Hamza Sarfraz is a policy researcher with 4+ years of experience in the development sector. His work lies at the intersection of policy analysis, education, inclusion, cities, development, and social research. Hamza holds a BSc (Hons) in Economics from LUMS

Moiz Naeem
Policy Analyst | + posts

Moiz Naeem was a policy analyst at the Education, Skills, and Youth centre at Tabadlab. His interests lie in 21st century skills and data driven research to help educational stakeholders make informed decisions. He holds a BSc. in economics and math from the Lahore University of Managament Sciences.