Devising strategy to work on stormwater drains in Karachi: chairman NDMA
ISLAMABAD: Chairman National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) Lt Gen Muhammed Afzal on Thursday said that they were planning a mechanism to execute work on stormwater drains (nullahs) in Karachi.
Addressing media in Islamabad while flanked by Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan Yao Jing, Muhammed Afzal said that work on nullahs in Karachi will begin on Monday. He also said that China provided 50 sprayer units to get rid of locusts in Pakistan.
He said coronavirus cases had decreased in Pakistan, but not eradicated, therefore people should adopt precautionary measures. He acknowledged China’s help in fight against COVID-19.
The chairman NDMA said China had stood by Pakistan to cope with the challenges of Covid-19 and locusts.
He said a plane loaded with more medical supplies including ventilators, testing kits and surgical masks arrived in Islamabad on Aug 13 from China. He said more medical supplies from China will arrive on the Aug 31.
China has emphatically stated that it will always remain a strong partner and close friend of Pakistan. The sentiments were expressed by the Chinese ambassador to Pakistan.
The ambassador said Pakistan as a nation had the resilience and strength to overcome all the difficulties and problems. He expressed the confidence that Pakistan would finally emerge as a stronger nation after overcoming all the challenges including the Covid-19.
The Chinese envoy said the efforts of Pakistani government and agencies had led to the improvement of Covid-19 situation in the country. This, he said, is not a very easy achievement but a miracle achieved by the collective efforts of government and relevant agencies.
Yao Jing was also appreciative of Pakistan’s support and solidarity to China when it was faced with the breakout of Coronavirus.