UNDP launches a project to improve tsunami, earthquake preparedness in coastal areas of Pakistan.

Karachi: The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) project titled ‘Strengthening Tsunami and Earthquake Preparedness in the Coastal Areas of Pakistan’  — supported by the Japanese government —has been launched, a news source reported.


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The project is being implemented with the coordination and technical support of the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), Provincial Disaster Management Authorities of Sindh and Balochistan, the Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD), NED University of Engineering and Technology, and the Pakistan Red Crescent Society.

The target of the project is to provide policy and operational support at the national, provincial, and local levels through research and analysis. It also aims to enhance the resilience of the communities prone to the coastal hazards in Sindh and Balochistan, apart from helping them to expand their livelihood opportunities. For this purpose, the project’s focus will be on the areas of Karachi West, Malir, and Gwadar districts.

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The event also marked the opening session of an international workshop titled ‘Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for Tsunami Early Warning’ jointly organized by the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (UNESCO-IOC) and the UNDP Tsunami and Earthquake Preparedness project, in collaboration with the PMD.