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AKIPRESS.COM - The World Bank has been partnering with the government of Tajikistan to strengthen critical infrastructure in some of the most vulnerable regions, the WB reports.
A new $50 million project (Strengthening Critical Infrastructure Against Natural Hazards) aims to:
- Reconstruct and upgrade critical bridges in the Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Oblast (GBAO) to improve their resistance to impact from flooding and mudflows. In addition to securing important emergency transportation networks, the upgrades will also allow for more fluid traffic and help unlock local economic potential;
- Reconstruct and reinforce selected river embankments to improve river flow in the Khatlon region, increasing household safety, preventing erosion, and decreasing disruptions to farming activities;
- Modernize the national crisis management center and emergency communication systems to enable first responders to rapidly access hazard information, generate timely warnings for at-risk communities, and dispatch emergency services more effectively;
- Develop a disaster risk financing strategy for Tajikistan to prepare for efficient financing mechanisms for post-disaster response, recovery and reconstruction.