Japan to help Pakistan map disaster management plan

With the effects of the past two years’ devastating floods still marring its landscape, Pakistan is taking steps to be better prepared for the next natural calamity that could hit the country.

Pakistan’s National Disaster Management Authority announced Jan. 25 that it plans to develop a 10-year disaster management strategy with help from the Japan International Cooperation Agency. The donor agency will provide disaster management expertise to help shape the plan. It reportedly has a team currently in Pakistan to help with feasibility studies and similar activities, the Express Tribune says. It is unclear whether JICA will be providing financial assistance.

The 10-year plan is expected to cover the establishment of local flood guides and warning systems, strengthening of disaster management offices and development of a medium to long-range disaster forecasting system. New building codes and disaster-management guidelines will also be developed under the plan, according to the Express Tribune.

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