(The World Bank) on Wednesday approved a $ 300 million grant for two projects in Sindh Province, namely the Sindh Resilience Project and the Solid Waste Efficiency Project.

The investment will support Sindh’s efforts to build resilience to natural disasters such as floods and droughts in Sindh and strengthen solid waste management in Urban centre of Karachi to cope with recurring urban flooding and public health emergencies in the city.

“Building resilience to disasters and health emergencies is an important and urgent agenda in Pakistan that will help save lives and protect the economy,” said Naji bin Hussein, World Bank Country Director for Pakistan, in a statement posted here.

“The devastating impact of recent floods in Karachi, droughts and torrential rains in Sindh, and of course the COVID-19 pandemic make it imperative that risk mitigation investments foster intersectoral dialogue and coordination at city, provincial and national levels to ensure the protection of vulnerable communities and fight against the spread of diseases. “

An additional $ 200 million Sindh Resilience Project funding will help the government better manage climate and natural disaster risks, including floods, droughts and public health emergencies.

The project will strengthen links between disaster risk management and the health sector by establishing the Sindh Emergency Service to build capacity for disaster preparedness and response to emergencies, including health crises such as Covid-19.

The project will also work to improve irrigation infrastructure to protect vulnerable rural communities, directly benefiting 750,000 citizens in the drought-risk areas of Kirthar Hills and the Nagarparkar District of Tarparkar.

Ahsan Tahsin, Team Leader for the Sindh Resilience Project said “The project will also improve water security for rural communities that suffer from chronic malnutrition and poverty and are forced to migrate due to lack of water security.”

Likewise, the US $ 100 Million Solid Waste Efficiency Project (SWEEP) will improve solid waste management services in Karachi – Pakistan’s largest city with a population of over 20 million people – and modernize vital solid waste infrastructure to reduce urban flooding risks

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