Pakistan seeks UN help for early weather warning system

October 6th, 2011 - 8:34 pm ICT by IANS  

Yousuf Raza Gilani Islamabad, Oct 6 (IANS) Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani Thursday sought UN help for provision of early weather warning system for his country to pre-empt damage in any future natural disaster.

Talking to Margareta Wahistrom, the special representative of the UN secretary general for disaster risk reduction, the prime minister said the early warning system would help the government reduce loss of human lives, property and infrastructure to a great deal, Gilani’s office said, reported Xinhua.

Wahistrom assured that the UN was ready to impart training to the officials of various institutions in Pakistan which can play an effective role in the control of disaster risk in case of natural calamity.

She said the UN would provide assistance in raising awareness, capacity building including human and financial assistance, provision of sustainability of livelihoods in the post-disaster phase and rebuilding and rehabilitation.

She said the UN has already launched a flash appeal for $357 million for the flood-affected people of the southern province of Sindh. The rains and floods have affected nearly 7 million people, according to Pakistani officials.

The special representative on disaster risk reduction apprised the prime minister that the UN had identified 900 cities in the world of which 35 are from Pakistan for launching the projects to make them better prepared to disaster-risk reduction.

She said practical steps would soon be taken and Islamabad has been identified as the first model city.

The prime minister welcomed the UN assistance for better preparedness to face disasters that would definitely contribute to decrease risks to the lives and properties of the people.

He also welcomed the offer of the UN for the training of school teachers, medics, metrological department officials and flood commission officials in the disaster-risk reduction techniques to make them prepared for any future natural calamity.

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