WB, ADB to conduct damage, need assessment

PESHAWAR: The World Bank and Asian Development Bank have agreed to Islamabads request to conduct a DNA (damage need assessment) in Pakistan for reconstruction and rehabilitation of the damaged public infrastructure.

Executives and consultants of the two international financial institutions have already started the preliminary work on the project.

The first meeting for orientation of departmental focal persons was held on Monday in the PDMA office in Peshawar to assess the damage caused by floods in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Farman Khilji, consultant World Bank, Asghar Ali, director administration, Provincial Disaster Management Authority, and focal person for the DNA and officials of different departments attended the meeting. The DNA would be conducted in 12 sectoral heads covering all service providing departments.

The consultant of World Bank informed the meeting that World Bank will cover water and sanitation, transport and communications, irrigation, health, energy, governance infrastructure sectors while Asian Development Bank will cover housing, agriculture, education, environment, private sector industries and social protection sectors.

He also discussed the templates with the participants and answered their queries to a greater extent. One of the participants proposed that a focal person from Federal Bureau of Statistics may also be included in the committee, which was approved on the occasion.

Asghar Ali requested the participants to furnish the accurate data at the earliest. It was decided that second meeting of the committee would be held on August 30, 2010 at 10am in the office of PDMA.

As many as 1,015 people had lost their lives and around 1,000 people got severely injuries in the recent floods in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Some 3.8 million people are affected and 1.5 million rendered homeless. Over 220,000 houses, 6,000 shops, 1,300 water supply schemes, 700 educational facilities, 100 health facilities, 149 government sector buildings and 2,000km roads have been reported damaged. More than 650 transformers, 500 electric poles and five grid stations in different parts of the province have also been destroyed.