WFP hands over storage facilities in Balochistan PDMA – Pakistan

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QUETTA: The United Nations World Food Program (WFP) has handed over newly constructed emergency storage facilities, prefabricated temperature-controlled storage units and IT equipment to the Balochistan Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) and Chaman and Chagai District Disaster Management Authorities (DDMA) on Wednesday.

This contribution was part of WFP’s efforts to support and strengthen the Government of Balochistan for effective emergency preparedness and disaster risk reduction.

Wednesday’s handover ceremony was held at a hotel in Quetta. It was noted that the two emergency storage facilities, together with the two temperature-controlled storage units and computer equipment, would enhance the emergency storage, coordination, communication and notification capacity of the DDMAs.

WFP Country Director Chris Kaye said WFP was happy to provide the additional support and capacity that would help the provincial government better manage and coordinate disaster responses in the region.

“The ability to store and manage essential relief items locally can save lives and reduce the impact on communities caused by sudden onset disasters,” he added.

WFP, through its provincial office in Quetta, has initiated discussions with the PDMA of Balochistan and agreed on essential needs-based interventions, in collaboration with United Nations and NGO partners, in order to s ensure that every effort is made to improve preparedness and response.

Posted in Dawn, April 21, 2022

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