Qaim inaugurates Humanitarian Response Facility
SUKKUR—The United Nations’ World Food Programme (WFP) and the Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) launched the 6th Humanitarian Response Facility (HRF) here on Wednesday.
Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah, Australian High Commissioner to Pakistan, Ms Margaret Adamson, Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of Japan to Pakistan Yunya Matsuura, Sindh Minister for Food Syed Nasir Hussain Shah, WFP Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific David Kaatrud and WFP Pakistan representative Ms Lola Castro jointly opened the facility.
The newly established HRF will cater the needs of the affected population during and after disaster, said Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah while addressing the inaugural ceremony. The Chief Minister said that Sindh was continuously facing natural and human induced disasters after super flood of 2010.
It is a moment of immense pleasure for the people of Sindh that International Humanitarian Partners have established HRF according to international standards, which will cover the needs of relief activities during and after disaster.
The Director General PDMA Sindh said that PDMA always acknowledged the role of WFP and other humanitarian partners in providing support to the people of Sindh in most difficult times since last several years in different emergencies.
He said, we look forward that our relation with WFP and all other donors will further foster in the times to come. The US$3.5 million response facility in Sukkur covers 8.7 acres. It features three large warehouses for general cargo and one smaller, climate-controlled warehouse for more sensitive items such as medicines and ready to use foods, as well as office space and staff facilities.—APP