Strengthening Pakistan’s capacity for disaster preparedness and response

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The United Nations World Food Programme handed over ‘state-of-the-art’ warehouse to the Director General, Provincial Disaster Management Authority Punjab . The warehouse is located in Muzaffargarh and will serve as a logistics base for Southern Punjab, a flood prone area. It has an overall storage capacity of 3,200 tons and is located over 7 acres of land provided by the Government of Punjab. Amongst others, the facility includes permanent as well as prefabricated office space, high tonnage storage facilities as well as a climate-controlled area for temperature sensitive items with a capacity of 200 tons. The structure is earthquake resistant and other environmental hazards have also been factored into the construction.

WFP Representative & Country Director, Lola Castro highlighted how recurring natural disasters in Pakistan require strengthening emergency disaster preparedness and response capacity at all levels. WFP and partners’ priority  is to establish a humanitarian warehousing network to ensure a fast, effective and reliable logistics response mechanism at district level and to protect and empower communities most at risk”.

Major General Muhammad Saeed Aleem, Chairman, NDMA, Mr. Isami Takada, Counsellor, Embassy of Japan, Ms. Darriann Riber, Counsellor, Embassy of Denmark and Mr. Audren De Kerdrel Guillaume, Counsellor, Embassy of France as well as other government and WFP officialsamong others, attended the event.

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