Early warning forecast system to be deployed in Pakistan’s earthquake prone areas

New partnership between CPJRC and NDMI set to enhance disaster preparedness capabilities

An illustrative photo of meteorological equipment mounted on an elevated terrain. — APP/File

A partnership has been solidified between the China-Pakistan Joint Research Centre for Earth Sciences (CPJRC) and the National Disaster Management Institute (NDMI) with a goal to improve measures for handling disasters, particularly in the earthquake and landslide vulnerable northern regions of Pakistan.

Instrumental to this initiative, the signing of the agreement took place involving the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and Pakistan’s National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA).

As an outcome of the agreement, sophisticated simulation and early warning systems for disaster risk will be deployed to reinforce the safety of Pakistan’s hilly northern territories.

The collaboration aims to advance the establishment of early warning systems and disaster risk simulation tools in areas of high mountainous risks.

The upcoming installation of several new monitoring stations is anticipated to significantly improve the assessment of risks and gathering of data, a pivotal factor for prompt and efficient action in times of disaster, reported the Chinese press.

Cui Peng, the CPJRC’s Executive Deputy Director and Chief Scientist, presented the comprehensive mountain disaster simulation and early warning forecast system, envisioning its effective application in Pakistan and fostering additional collaboration efforts.

He remarked that this agreement signing marks a significant leap towards increased cooperation and knowledge exchange between the relevant entities.

The CPJRC, created through a bilateral pact between the CAS and Pakistan’s Higher Education Commission, is dedicated to scholarly research and instructional endeavors in the field of earth sciences.

Situated within Quaid-e-Azam University, the centre falls under the jurisdiction of CAS’s Institute of Mountain Hazards and Environment.

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