Gilgit-Baltistan, 2 August 2022 (TDI): The Country Director of the UN World Food Program visited a humanitarian resource facility in Gilgit Baltistan.

Gilgit Baltistan

Gilgit Baltistan is a hilly region located in the north of Pakistan. The Gilgit Baltistan disaster management authority (GBDMA) is an organization that deals with natural and man-made disasters.

With a population of about 2 million, GB has a steep landscape, few highways, frequent landslides, bridge damage, and traffic jams that cut off villages during emergencies.

Flash floods and monsoon floods are the major disasters occurring in Gilgit Baltistan with high frequency.  This may happen at any time with the density of rain in the region and can cause large-scale disruption.

UN World Food Program (WFP)

The WFP is the largest humanitarian organization in the world under the United Nations, which is battling hunger on a global scale.

It provides food in times of need and collaborates with local communities to improve nutrition and resilience.

WFP offers assistance to about 80 million individuals in 80 nations each year. The Humanitarian Response Facility (HRF) was built in Gilgit-Baltistan by the World Food Program (WFP) of the United Nations (UN).

WFP and the National Disaster Management Authority NDMA join hands together to build more HRFs in key areas of Pakistan.

HRFs offers a central location to store government relief supplies at the sites. It oversees management and maintenance at different disaster locations.

WFP gives special training to government employees that work in technical fields i.e. firefighting, facilities management, and warehouse management.

The HRF offers a central storage hub for crucial humanitarian supplies. For instance, in Great Britain WFP has already created Emergency Storage Facilities at the district level.

Similarly, the development of HRFs will give the transportation of essential humanitarian supplies a central storage point in disaster locations. Such aid will assist in dealing with crises in a better way.