‘Development of disaster management villages at divisional level in full swing’

QUETTA - The development work on establishment of disaster management villages, at the divisional level to facilitate the affected people across Balochistan, is in full swing as a large bit of the allocated amount has also been approved for implementation of the project.

According to sources,  Balochistan Gov-ernment has allocated one billion rupees in the current fiscal year for the estab-lishment of Disaster Management Villag-es at the divisional level of the province. For that matter, Chief Minister Balochi-stan, Mir Abdul Quddus Bizenjo, has or-dered Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) to increase its stock-piles so that relief goods could immedi-ately be dispatched in the event of any emergency.

Talking to mediamen, an official of the Balochistan Government said the PDMA had been directed to take precautionary measures especially during the monsoon period to tackle the impending calamities in the province.           He further revealed that the province had been badly affected by disasters in the past and the provincial government had taken various initiatives for immediate measures to tackle disas-ter and disaster like situation.

Moreover, the authority was providing relief to the affected including food, shelter, medicine and other items.

Balochistan govt has allocated Rs1 billion in current fiscal year for establishment of villages

The official also apprised that PDMA had the mandate to ensure pro-tection of the people, property, infra-structure and material resources in order to minimize the losses.

However, the government has allo-cated Rs 2 billion for investment under Disaster Relief Fund created by the pro-vincial government to manage future disasters which was the first of its kind initiative in the province.

Stressing the needed role that me-dia has to play in this regard, the official maintained that the media has a massive role in creating awareness during disas-ters and it was necessary for them to be updated with relevant information and better disaster reporting techniques with basic knowledge about the subject in hand.


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