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SAARC disaster management experts in Bamyan

SAARC disaster management experts in Bamyan

Sep 09, 2014 - 18:14

BAMYAN CITY (Pajhwok): Disaster management experts from the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARCinfo-icon) and Afghanistaninfo-icon arrived in central Bamyan province on Tuesday, an official said.

The 20-member SAARC delegation, including 10 womeninfo-icon, exchanged views with local authorities on the challenges facing the country and ways of dealing with them, the Afghanistan Natural Disaster Management Authority head said.

Mohammad Dayem Kakar told Pajhwok Afghan News that today’s session primarily focused on reducing disaster risks in Bamyan and combating natural disasters such as avalanches that often blocked traffic in the winter season.

Governor Ghulam Ali Wahdat identified narrow roads and lack of snow-clearing equipment as well as the absence of a disaster warning centre as major problems facing Bamyan.

“I request SAARC leadership for providing us these facilities. The grouping has agreed to hand the Afghan government a book it has published on disaster management,” the governor added.

Bamyan, which has been selected as SAARC’s cultural capital for 2015, would receive disaster management funds ahead of winter, Dayem Kakar promised.


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