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District Disaster Management Authority.

Composition of DDMA
  1. Each Provincial Government shall, as soon as may be after issue of notification under sub-section (1) of section 13, by notification in the Official Gazette, establish a District Disaster Management Authority for every district.
  2. The District Authority shall consist of such number of members, as may be prescribed by the Provincial Government, and unless the rules otherwise provide, it shall consist of the following members, namely:-
  • Nazim of the District who shall be Chairperson, ex officio;
  • the District Coordination Officer;
  • the District Police Officer, ex-officio;
  • the Executive District Officer Health; and
  • such other district level officers, to be appointed by the District Government.

Powers of Chairperson of District Authority

The Chairperson of the District Authority shall, in the case of an emergency, have power to exercise all or any of the powers of the District Authority but the exercise of such powers shall be subject to ex post facto approval of the District Authority.
Powers and functions of District Authority. 
(1) Subject to the provisions of the Ordinance, the District Authority shall be as the district planning, coordinating and implementing body for disaster management and take all measures for the purposes of disaster management in the district in accordance with the guidelines laid down by the National Authority and the Provincial Authority.
(2) Without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing provisions, the District Authority may:-
(a) prepare a disaster management plan including district response plan for the district;
(b) coordinate and monitor the implementation of the National Policy, Provincial Policy, National Plan, Provincial Plan and District Plan;
(c) ensure that the areas in the district vulnerable to disasters are identified and measures for the prevention of disasters and the mitigation of its effects are undertaken by the departments of the Government at the district level as well as by the local authorities;
(d) ensure that the guidelines for prevention, mitigation, preparedness and response measures as laid down by the National Authority and the Provincial Authority are followed by all departments of the Government at the district level and the local authorities in the district;
(e) give directions to different authorities at the district level and local authorities to take such other measures for the prevention or mitigation of disasters as may be necessary;
(f) lay down guidelines for preparation of disaster management plans by the departments of the Government at the districts level and local authorities in the district;
(g) monitor the implementation of disaster management plans prepared by the Departments of the government at the district level;
(h) lay down guidelines to be followed by the Departments of the Government at the district level;
(i) organize and coordinate specialized training programmes for different levels of officers, employees and voluntary rescue workers in the district;
(j) facilitate community training and awareness programmes for prevention of disaster or mitigation with the support of local authorities, governmental and non-governmental organizations;
(k) set up, maintain, review and upgrade the mechanism for early warnings and dissemination of proper information to public;
(l) prepare, review and update district level response plan and guidelines;
(m) coordinate with, and give guidelines to, local authorities in the district to ensure that pre-disaster and post-disaster management activities in the district are carried out promptly and effectively;
(n) review development plans prepared by the Departments of the Government at the district level, statutory authorities or local authorities with a view to make necessary provisions therein for prevention of disaster or mitigation;
(o) identify buildings and places which could, in the event of disaster situation be used as relief centres or camps and make arrangements for water supply and sanitation in such buildings or places;
(p) establish stockpiles of relief and rescue materials or ensure preparedness to make such materials available at a short notice;
(q) provide information to the Provincial Authority relating to different aspects of disaster management;
(r) encourage the involvement of non-governmental organizations and voluntary social-welfare institutions working at the grassroots level in the district for disaster management;
(s) ensure communication systems are in order, and disaster management drills are carried out periodically; and
(t) perform such other functions as the Provincial Government or Provincial authority may assign to it or as it deems necessary for disaster management in the District

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