Turkish aid agency trains scouts in disaster management

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KARACHI: Türkiye’s state-run aid agency on Monday launched a seven-day programme in Karachi to train scouts and rescuers in the latest techniques and ways of rescue and disaster management.

Under the programme billed “Emergency Rescue and Disaster Management” and launched by the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA), several training sessions will be held across the country’s commercial capital over the next week.

Speaking at the program held at Sindh Scouts Gulshan Training Centre, Turkish Consul General Cemal Sangu said that the disasters experienced in Pakistan, Türkiye and recently in Libya and Morocco further increased the importance of search and rescue activities. Therefore, he stated that this training programme is very important for both Türkiye and Pakistan and thanked all the institutions that contributed to the organization of the activity.

Recalling the assistance of Pakistani and Turkish relief agencies during last year’s unprecedented floods in Pakistan and massive earthquakes in southern Türkiye in February this year, Sangu said the two countries have stood beside each other in testing times.

Sindh Boys Scouts Association Deputy Commissioner Hassan Feroz said the local rescuers will learn from the experience of Turkish rescue and relief agencies through this programme.

TIKA’s Karachi Coordinator Khalil Ibrahim Basran said the program is the continuation of similar trainings imparted by the agency in Bosnia, Bangladesh, and Libya in recent months.

Pakistan is among the top 10 countries vulnerable to climate change. Unrelenting rains-triggered floods last year inundated a third of the country, aside from killing over 1,700 people and causing whopping losses of $32 billion.

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