Kamran Shariff

  • TNature has created animals with an innate sense of anticipating and self-preserving against impending disasters. Elephants ran for higher grounds prior to the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, and birds are prone to abnormal behaviour before major earthquakes.  Yet Homo sapiens tend to be so error ...

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  • TI crossed the windy Lowari Top on my way to Chitral recently. Locals were carving out snow from its shaded recesses for sale not just in Chitral but also to the Afghans at Arandu. The 8.75 kilometers Lowari Tunnel project must, though, rank in the Guinness Book as perhaps as one of the worst ...

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  • TA range of hydro-meteorological hazards tend to occur during the summer monsoon period in Pakistan. These include riverine and flash floods, cloud burst, glacial lake outburst triggered by heat and or precipitation, cyclonic activity, onset of drought and heat waves. These events are accompanied by ...

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  • TClimate change features low on the agenda in Pakistan but it is affecting our lives in a manner that is almost irreversible if not addressed soon. It has emerged as a premiere issue in the global agenda and it even figured in the Oscars ceremony earlier this year. In Pakistan recurring floods and ...

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  • TIn many ways we have come a long way since the 2005 earthquake by creating the disaster management institutions, in generating awareness on disaster risk reduction and preparedness, and in introducing international best practices and specialised skills.  Our challenges, however, continue to ...

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