Islamabad, November 11, 2014 (PPI-OT): In order to apprise the donors/international community on recovery and reconstruction estimates calculated on the basis of damages/losses occurred in the wake of floods, 2014, a donors conference was held in the Prime Minister’s office under the chairmanship of Federal Finance Minister.
The conference was well attended by NDMA, Donors, ambassadors of donor countries, heads of UN Agencies, and representatives Economic Affairs Division and Ministries of Finance, Foreign Affairs, Food Security, Information and Broadcasting, Planning and Reforms, Foreign Affairs.
The Finance Minister while welcoming the participants, appreciated their concern to extend support for recovery and rehabilitation of Temporary Displaced people (TDPs) and flood 2014 affected population. He also emphasized to include resilience factor in the overall recovery and rehabilitation framework to mitigate effect of future disasters.
Briefing on the RNA implementation and assessment validation mechanism of Punjab and AJK, Chairman NDMA (Major General Saeed Aleem) mentioned that NDMA initiated the process of RNA in collaboration with UNDP, PDMA Punjab and SDMA AJ and K on 3 October 2014. The main objective of RNA was to assess the cost of damages caused by floods 2014 and cost of carrying out recovery process in the flood affected districts of Punjab and AJ and K.
The assessment was carried out in four most affected sectors (Housing, Agriculture, livelihoods and Community Infrastructure) which have also been reported as worst affected sectors in the Multi-Sector Initial Assessment (MIRA) report, recently finalized by NDMA in collaboration of UN System.
The final data of RNA gathered was verified by NADRA and was further analyzed by NDMA, PDMA/SDMA and UNDP teams. The important stakeholders in this process from UN System were UNDP, WFP, FAO, UNHABITAT, ILO and from government side included members from NDMA PDMA Punjab with P and D, SDMA AJ and K with P and D, SUPARCO.
While briefing the house, Chairman NDMA, mentioned that according to RNA report 129,880 houses, 4475 community infrastructure schemes while 1.006 million acres cropped area inundated/affected and about 1,925 livestock perished. The governments established 527 relief camps to address the needs of the 2.5 million flood affectees.
The RNA was conducted in 28 districts of Punjab including Bahawalpur , Chiniot , Gujrat, Multan, Jhang , Hafizabad , Mandi Bahauddin , Narowal , Shekupura , Gujranwala, Muzzafargarh , Sialkot, Jhelum, Khaniwal, Khushab, Sargodha, Attock, Rawalpindi, Nankana Sahib, Lahore, Okara, Kasur, Faisalabad, T.T. Sigh, Sahiwal, Bahawalnagar, Rajanpur, D.G.Khan and 10 districts of AJ and K including Bagh, Bhimber, Hattian Bala, Haveli, Kotli, Mirpur, Muzaffarabad, Neelum, Poonch and Sudhnoti.
The meeting was also informed on the losses and damages in Punjab and AJK in these 4 major sectors of Housing, Agriculture, Community Infrastructure, Livestock and livelihood based on which an estimated recovery and resilience cost was determined by the stakeholders involved in conduct of the process. The overall recovery estimates suggested by RNA process are Rs 43,997.28 M or US$ 439.97 M for overall recovery process proposed to be concluded in 24 months time period.
Chairman NDMA apprised the participants that government has used its national capacity for relief and early recovery while resilient recovery and reconstruction of the flood affected areas require considerable resources.
He also apprised on the structural and non structural measures that have been planned to develop resilience for 2014 flood affected areas which includes rehabilitation/ up-gradation of flood protection and water regulating structures, development of resilient community infrastructure, upgrading of weather forecasting capability, strengthening of early warning dissemination system down to the communities, strengthening of DDMAs, CBDRM etc.
The meeting was also briefed on the recovery action plan that would require 24 months completion time based on the district wise recovery needs of sectors and cost involved for their recovery subject to the availability of funds by the government, donors and INGOs/NGOs. The Finance Minister thanked the participants for their participation and contribution in the meeting.
He lauded the efforts of NDMA and other stakeholders for presenting estimates on recovery and rehabilitation of TDPs and Floods affected population. He sought international community/ donors’ support for recovery and reconstruction of TDPs and flood 2014 affected population and areas.
For more information, contact:
National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA)
Prime Minister’s Office, 2nd Floor,
Sector G-5-1, Constitution Avenue,
Post Code 44000, Islamabad
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