Qaim in­au­gu­rates Hu­man­i­tar­ian Re­sponse Fa­cil­ity

Pakistan Observer - - NATIONAL -

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

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