The World Bank has approved a grant of US $ 5 million for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Federally Administered Tribal Areas and Balochistan. The grant is to be provided for the Balochistan Disaster Management Project (BDMP) which will further build capacity of the Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) Balochistan to prepare for and effectively respond to natural disasters.Sharing details of this latest development, Director General PDMA Balochistan Tahir Munir Menhas said in a press release, “Balochistan has suffered enormously following the drought in 2002, the cyclone in 2007, and the flooding in 2010 and 2011. This project will allow PDMA Balochistan to better prepare for future disasters and lessen the losses through improved mitigation and response.”
The government had requested the Multi-Donor Trust Fund (MDTF) to come forward to bridge the resource deficit gap in responding to the increasingly difficult situation in the province resulting from the 2010 and 2011 floods.
Responding to this request, the MDTF, the World Bank has come forward to help the Government of Balochistan in post disaster recovery, reconstruction and expertise in Disaster Risk Management (DRM) institutional building.
Expressing the Bank’s resolve towards supporting the disaster management in Balochistan, Rachid Benmessaoud, the WB Country Director for Pakistan said, “Through this MDTF Grant, the institutional capacity of PDMA Balochistan will be strengthened, and the awareness and resilience of the communities of Balochistan to hazards and disasters would be enhanced.”
Through this support fund, a Hazard and Risk Assessment of the Provincial Capital will also be undertaken and a Community Based Disaster Risk Management Programme will be developed. The project also include a Contingency Emergency