6TH DIPECHO action plan for South-Asia


Pakistan is prone to various types of natural disasters like cyclones, floods, landslides, earthquakes and drought to mention a few. The country is one of the most flood prone countries in South Asia and the flood of 2010 is estimated to have caused damages of more than $10 billion. Pakistan is also located in a seismically active zone on account of its proximity to the Indian and Eurasian plates.
The earthquake of 2005, affecting 9 Districts in KPK and Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK), killing over 73,000 people and damaging/destroying about 450,000 houses is one example. Droughts are also a serious hazard in the country as 60 per cent of the country is classified as semi-arid to arid.