World Bank to submit flood damage report to GOI next week

World Bank to submit flood damage report to GOI next week

Once these calculations are done, only then the government of India will seek the assistance from the external agency (World Bank.

The World Bank would submit its flood-damage assessment report of Jammu and Kashmir to New Delhi next week for clearance for its intervention in rebuilding the ravaged infrastructure in the state.

The 20-member World Bank team which, along with state authorities, undertook the assessment survey in flood-affected districts wrapped up its five-day visit on Friday with a discussion on ‘Joint Rapid Damage Needs Assessment Report’ with state’s top bureaucrats led by Chief Secretary Iqbal Khanday. The WB team was led by its senior Disaster Management Specialist, SaurabhDhani.

“The World Bank will like to make sure that support provided to the State helps it to build back its damaged infrastructure besides developing disaster resilience, factoring-in local demographic, geographic and climatic aspects,” said Dhani.

He said the World Bank, understanding needs of flood-hit people and urgency for their redress, completed the damage survey at the earliest to try and make things move faster.

A senior official, who was part of today’s meeting, said the World Bank team identified the need for restoration in different sectors like housing, transport, Roads and Buildings and industry and others. “It will submit the report to the Government of India on Monday,” he said.

Another official said the damage assessment report in different sectors would be submitted to the Department of Economic Affairs (DEA) in the Government of India which would take it up with the Union Home Ministry for “clearance”.

“The works undertaken or to be taken up by Union Home Ministry or other Union department will be excluded from the report. All such works borne out from the National Disaster Relief Fund and other assistance from Government of India would also be dropped from the report,” said the official.

He said New Delhi would also take into consideration the assistance it intends to provide to State Government against the proposal of Rs 44000 crore submitted to it by the former government led by Omar Abdullah.

“Once these calculations are done, only then the government of India will seek the assistance from the external agency (World Bank),” the official said.

During their visit to State, the WB team toured different flood affected districts in both Kashmir and Jammu to make an assessment of the damage suffered to infrastructure in different sectors.

Nine members of the team made an on-spot assessment in flood-hit districts of Srinagar, Baramulla, Bandipora, Anantnag (Islamabad) and other districts. The 11 other members had camped in Jammu to undertake the damage assessment survey in the region.

J&K was hit by a devastating flood during the first week of September 2014 causing colossal loss to lives and property. The summer capital of Srinagar was worst hit in the flood described by the state government as “disaster of international magnitude”.

Around 2.40 lakh structures suffered partial to massive damage in the deluge which caused huge devastation in Kashmir. The housing, health and education sectors were worst hit in the Valley.

The World Bank got a go-ahead from Government of India for its intervention to help rebuild the State’s infrastructure, last year.

The Bank provides financial assistance to any state through Government of India in the form of loans.

The official said once the World Bank submits its report, the State Government would closely follow the matter to ensure early clearance from Government of India.