Flood Response: UN delegation discusses Early Warning System in Sindh

The meeting with Sindh Chief Secretary also focused on enhancing capacity of District Disaster Management Authorities and PDMA

The aim is to devise a mechanism to minimize damage and displacement caused by future rains and floods

Karachi, Sindh

A delegation of the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN-OCHA) led by Mr. Charlos Gha called on Chief Secretary Sindh Dr. Muhammad Sohail Rajput on Monday to discuss various issues pertaining to flood response and coordination between the government and international organizations.

The meeting also focused on the importance of enhancing the capacity of District Disaster Management Authorities (DDMAs) and PDMA.

OCHA and the chief secretary deliberated on strategies to improve flood and emergency response measures in the region. Recognizing the devastating impact of floods, they emphasized the need for effective early warning systems and emergency preparedness. By establishing robust mechanisms, the aim is to minimize damage and displacement caused by future rains and floods.

Another significant aspect of the meeting revolved around strengthening coordination between the government and international organizations, such as international non-governmental organizations (INGOs) and United Nations (UN) agencies. Acknowledging the invaluable expertise and resources that these organizations bring, both underscored the significance of harmonizing efforts to avoid duplication and maximize the impact of humanitarian assistance. This collaborative approach seeks to ensure that affected populations receive timely and appropriate aid.

The chief secretary emphasized the need to identify and mapping the available resources and equipment at the district level. “By creating a comprehensive inventory of resources, including equipment, personnel, and facilities, authorities can better assess their emergency response capacity” He said. He further added that this mapping exercise will enable more efficient utilization of resources during times of crisis and ensure that the necessary equipment and support are readily available when needed. Recognizing the significance of resource mapping for effective emergency response, the OCHA delegation assured the chief secretary that they would extend every possible support in this endeavor. This support would encompass technical expertise, guidance, and collaboration to facilitate the comprehensive inventorying of resources across Sindh’s districts. (PR)





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