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Climate Minister Zartaj seeks long term planning to cope natural disasters

ISLAMABAD: Minister of State for Climate Change Zartaj Gul has urged to devise long-term policies to counter natural disasters. Speaking at the National Conference on Climate Change at Bahria University in Islamabad on Thursday, she said all academic institutions of Pakistan must join hands to make Pakistan a progressive country. Zartaj Gul said as the country was facing natural disasters from several years and acknowledged the commitment of Prime Minister Imran Khan, who understands these issues and already working on…

NDRMF to make Pakistan resilient against natural disasters: finance minister

ISLAMABAD: Caretaker Federal Minister for Finance, Revenue and Economic Affairs, Statistics, Planning, Development and Reform Dr Shamshad Akhtar termed National Disaster Risk Management Fund (NDRMF) as a first concrete step towards making Pakistan resilient, against natural disasters and climate change impacts. She expressed these views during inaugural session at launching ceremony of NDRMF, held on Monday. The event was attended by notable representatives of federal/provincial government departments and disaster…

Costliest year in history: Natural disaster damage cost America $306 billion in 2017

NEW YORK: Last year was the most expensive in US history for natural disasters, with a barrage of fires, freezes, floods and hurricanes that cost $306 billion, according to a US government report Monday. In 2017, a total of 16 disasters cost $1 billion or more, and led to at least 362 deaths, said the report by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The death toll could be substantially higher, once Puerto Rico completes its review of deaths from Hurricane Maria, experts said. The year far outpaced the…

2015’s Top 10 world stories

KARACHI: Year 2015 remained a volatile year with major terrorist attacks, natural disasters and the stories of human persistence. Following are some of the footprints of the outgoing year.