The Department of Emergency Management of the Aga Khan Agency for Habitat (AKAH), formally FOCUS Pakistan, in close coordination with the Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) for Balochistan launched the Community Based Disaster Risk Management (CBDRM) and School Safety projects in Nasirabad and Jaffarabad.
The Director General PDMA – Muhammad Tariq said that the Government of Balochistan is working together with its partners to minimize risks to human lives during disasters and adding that there is a dire need to spread the CBDRM and School Safety programmes across the province.
He emphasised to increase the project area in future and to work on hard component i.e. hazard free infrastructures. He ensured the cooperation of his department for all sort of activities in near future.
Minister for Education Mr. Abdul Rahim Ziaratwal said that the Government of Balochistan is working to improve the lives of the people through providing basic necessities of life including food, education, shelter etc during a seminar held on Tuesday at a local hotel in Quetta.
The Government is also working to raise awareness among the communities to prevent them from natural disasters, with its partners including UN agencies, INGOs/NGOs and research institutions.
He said that the Government welcomes the launching of the United Nations World Food Programme’s CDBRM and school safety programmes in Balochistan.
Funded by the United Nations World Food Programme (UNWFP), the CBDRM and School Safety projects will benefit around 3,150 community members by increasing their ability to identify hazard, vulnerability and risk.
It will help to minimize loss of life and property during disasters covering more than 6,500 people including school children, teachers, school safety committees, local community members, trainers, local and district government officials from 40 schools, 14 revenue villages with 40 sub-villages in both Nasirabad and Jaffarabad. —APP