NDMA's NIDM 3-Day training, SimEx on Summer Contingencies held in District Ghizer.

ISLAMABAD -- The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA)'s think tank National Institute of Disaster Management (NIDM) conducted a three-day training and simulation exercise (SimEx) for summer contingencies in Gahkuch, District Ghizer.

The event was held from May 10 to May 12 and was attended by over 55 participants from various fields, including academia, district authorities, rescue services, and related departments, a news release said.

The main focus of the SimEx was to prepare district-level stakeholders for potential disasters that may occur during the summer season.

Chief Coordinator of NIDM, Air Commodore (R) Tanveer Paracha emphasized the importance of disaster preparedness and training exercises like the SimEx, as they can significantly improve the response to an emergency situation.

Multiple scenarios for potential summer contingencies were simulated during the SimEx, including flash floods, landslides, and glacial lakes outburst floods (GLOFs). Syndicates were formed to represent specific roles like the Gilgit Baltistan Disaster Management Authority (GBDMA), District Disaster Management Authority (DDMA), media, humanitarian support, and the local community.

The first day of the event covered basic disaster management (DM) concepts, climate science, hazard mapping, quantification, and group-based activities on hazard analysis. This day was essential for participants to familiarize themselves with the basics of disaster management and understand the potential hazards they might face in the region.

Second day of the SimEx was devoted to vulnerability assessment at the district...

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