China and Pakistan Agreed To Collaborate On Disaster Preparedness

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and China have decided to work together to improve disaster preparedness and climate change response.

After doing the post-disaster assessment work in Pakistan, a team of experts from the China Meteorological Administration (CMA) decided to strengthen their technical exchange cooperation with the Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD).

In-depth conversations were conducted by the CMA’s 11-person team to help Pakistan combat flooding.

Expert on meteorological disaster risk for the CMA, Gao Ge, stated that the organisation has been keeping an eye on the occurrence of monsoon floods in Pakistan since June and working with the PMD on weather forecasting and flood monitoring.

The team visited Sindh, the province that has experienced the highest flooding, to gather data on the flooding and to share their expertise in flood prevention and disaster preparedness.

ADB launches recovery efforts in flood-affected areas

ADB has started the process of repairing roads, irrigation systems, and communication infrastructure in flood-affected areas.

ADB will repair bridges on national roads in Sindh, Balochistan, and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa as well as a part of national highway (N5) between Sukkur and Hyderabad.

With support from the Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction, the “Emergency Flood Assistance Project” (EFAP) was started.

In Sindh, 400km of district roads and highways will be renovated and rebuilt, according to the project’s specifications.

The busiest national highway in Pakistan, the 85 km long N-5 between Sukkur and Hyderabad, as well as roughly 30 different types of bridges on national roads in Sindh, Balochistan, and KP will also be renovated.

According to the project specifications, flood-damaged irrigation and drainage systems, as well as the risk management infrastructure, would be repaired and rebuilt across KP and Balochistan.

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