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State Disaster Management Authority (Azad Jammu & Kashmir)

State Disaster Management Authority (SDMA) Azad Jammu & Kashmir was established to act as leading agency in disaster management, its mitigation and preparedness in Azad Jammu & Kashmir. Azad Jammu & Kashmir is highly prone to multiple hazards and has experienced worst disasters situation due to earthquake, torrential rain/flood, landslides & avalanches in the recent past.[1]

After the 2005 Kashmir earthquake that killed 100,000 people and left another three million people displaced, with widespread devastation, Government of Pakistan promulgated National Disaster Management Ordinance, 2006[2] and established National Disaster Management Authority as Focal point at the federal level, while State Disaster Management Authority (SDMA) was established for Pakistan administered Kashmir.[3]

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